The authorities of Yakutia are planning to locate a testing ground for testing environmentally friendly equipment for the extraction of hydrocarbons in the Arctic, near Yakutsk or at the Oymyakon Cold Pole. This was announced by the permanent representative of Yakutia to the President of the Russian Federation Andrei Fedotov at the ‘Arctic 2019’ international conference in Moscow.
“Today there are interesting domestic technologies that must first ensure safe geological exploration, and then hydrocarbon production on the shelf ... We are going to test these technologies in the Yakutsk region and in the Oymyakon Cold Pole area,” he said.
Andrei Fedotov explained that state support is needed to implement the project. According to him, the initiative was supported, but has not yet received funding. He added that now it is planned to implement the project after 2021, whereas, in his opinion, research and the introduction of modern technologies should be the first step in the development of the Arctic.
Earlier, the Ministry of Industry and Trade proposed to create test sites for oil and gas and mining equipment in the Arctic in Murmansk, Yakutia and the Nenets Autonomous District.
The village of Oymyakon is located about 1 thousand km from Yakutsk, the approximate travel time by car is up to 16 hours, including rest stops. The Pole of Cold in the Northern Hemisphere is located, according to one of the versions, in the Tomtor area of the Oymyakon Ulus (district). In February 1933, the temperature was registered at minus 67.7 degrees Celsius. The average temperature in January is minus 61 degrees Celsius.