08 September 2017


The international summit of representatives of the countries participating in the International Arctic Council and observer countries took place in the settlement of Sabetta in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District for two days: August 29 and 30, 2017.

Since 2012, a large-scale integrated project for extraction, production of liquefied natural gas and its supply by sea to foreign consumers has been actively developing in Sabetta. In 2017, a specialized tanker gas carrier was the first to put in Sabetta, where from scratch there was built a seaport and all the necessary infrastructure. The marine engineering company Fertoing carries out navigational, hydrographic and technical support of dredging in the course of construction of offshore and approach channels to the port, and also performs a number of other geodetic, hydraulic technical and hydrographic tasks arising during implementation of the project. Due to the transnational nature of the project and its colossal importance both for Russia and the Arctic as a whole, it was Sabetta that was chosen as the venue for the international summit on topical issues of the Arctic territories.

The constructed seaport of Sabetta from a bird's eye view

More than 100 representatives from 15 countries of the world took part in the VII International Meeting of representatives of the Arctic Council member states, observer countries in the Arctic Council and foreign scientific community. The Arctic Council includes 8 Arctic countries and 13 observer countries. Together, the members and supervisors of the council represent over 80% of the world economy. Russia, as a country with the world's largest Arctic territories and vast experience in their development, has been a member of the board since its inception in 1996. The interest of the participating countries and observers in the Arctic increased for two decades and confirms the high status of the council.

Summit participants arriving at the international airport Sabetta

This year, diplomats, representatives of state structures, business and scientific organizations of the Russian Federation, the People's Republic of China, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Singapore took part in the Arctic Council. Representatives of federal and regional state authorities - the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, the Government of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, state companies and organizations - representatives of FSUE Rosmorport, PJSC Modern Commercial Fleet, FGBUN National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations named after E.M. Primakov of the Russian Academy of Sciences, heads of the leading companies implementing the project on establishment of the LNG plant and seaport of Sabetta, including PJSC NOVATEK and OJSC Yamal SPG. At the 7th International Meeting of Representatives of the Countries of the International Arctic Council and Observer Countries in the Arctic Council, Director Artem Melnikov presented Fertoing.

During the summit, special attention was paid to the issues of cooperation between companies and government agencies in the course of implementing joint projects in the Arctic region. The foreign participants of the summit were interested in economic indicators of industrial and infrastructure projects in the region, measures to protect the environment, social policy - both for people working in the Arctic on a rotational basis and for indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North and other issues, as well as Russia's experience in their solution.

The summit participants also got acquainted with the exploratory historical project "Kara expeditions", organized by the Government of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug together with the company Fertoing. By joint efforts, with involvement of historians and local historians, it was possible to open many previously unknown pages of the battles of the Great Patriotic War in the Kara Sea.

For the summit participants, a guided tour was conducted - they inspected the LNG plant's production facilities being built, residential buildings. Today more than 30 thousand people living and working in the settlement are provided with comfortable conditions - in 2012 the number of its residents was less than 100 people.

International partners noted rapid implementation of the project in the most difficult conditions. The first stage of the plant will be put into operation already this year, the port infrastructure has been prepared; from 2012 to 2016, in construction of the sea and approach channels to the sea port of Sabetta, a vast amount of dredging work was carried out - more than 69,000,000 m3 of soil moved from the seabed which allowed tankers designed for the project, gas-carriers of the ice class Arc7 with cargo draft 11.8 m and other transport vessels of large capacity to enter Sabetta. For Fertoing, participation in the project allowed to significantly expand the competence of many specialists and divisions of the company - a unique experience of engineering work in the most complicated climatic conditions, international cooperation, interaction with companies and organizations of various profiles was obtained. Creation of the seaport of Sabetta is the most ambitious modern infrastructure project in the entire Arctic.