Russia to start eastward oil and gas shipments via Arctic in 2010

26-12-09 Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipping company, will start delivering Russian oil and gas in the eastern direction of its Arctic shipping lane in the summer, the company head said. At a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Sergei Frank said Sovcomflot was planning to launch pilot shipments of Russian hydrocarbon reserves in the eastern direction of the Northern Sea Route, from the Atlantic to the Pacific via Russia’s Arctic, later in 2010. “We will make such pilot deliveries in the summer,” he said.

Frank said the goal was to expand oil and gas markets for domestic energy producers and enter new ones. The businessman said though shipments via the Arctic had been made before, the scale and cargoes were different.
“We are cooperating closely with the transportation and nuclear power ministries, and with the federal office of Rosatomflot [state-run civil nuclear fleet corporation] now to arrange everything properly for [oil and gas] shipments,” Frank said.
He said the eastward shipment experience would later be used in the development of West Siberia’s Yamal fields and also for liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies.

Original article here

The illustration (from wikipedia) shows the Northern Sea Route, sometimes also called the North East Passage, in blue and the alternative route through the Suez Canal in red.
Hornorkesteret are worried about increasing traffic and environmental threats along the whole Northern Sea Route,  and we are especially concerned about the increase of traffic along the coast of our beautiful and beloved homeland Norway!

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