Project for the Syradasaysky coal terminal water area has been approved
Russia's Glavgosexpertiza has issued a positive conclusion for the development of a water area to receive and maintain icebreakers and cargo vessels near a coal terminal on the Taimyr Peninsula.5 April 2023
The terminal, located at the mouth of the Yenisei Bay on the coast of the Kara Sea, will focus on the Syradasaysky crozzling coal deposit, considered one of the largest in the world—its reserves are estimated at around 5.7 bn tons. Alexander Stotsky, General Director of the Project Office for Arctic Development, talks about this.
The expert assessment found that winter navigation along the estimated route for coal exports, which runs through the North Sea Route, is possible all year round, with icebreaker escorting vessels. The water area will be capable of receiving Admiral Schmidt-type bulk carriers with a deadweight of 104,500 tons and Arktika-type 22220 line icebreakers with a capacity of 60 MW. The project also provides solutions for the safe movement of marine vessels in the vicinity of the cargo berth.
The Glavgosexpertiza decision is another step towards the launch of an important coal mining project in the Russian Arctic. Despite efforts to gradually reduce the share of fossil fuels in the global energy mix, the demand for such fuels—and coal among them—is still strong.