According to the Minister of natural resources and ecology Sergey Donskoy, the creation of such platform will allow to translate the study of the Arctic and Antarctic regions to a qualitatively new level and to create the most favourable working conditions for researchers.
MOSCOW, 3 Dec. The cost of design and construction of ice-resistant platforms for research in the Arctic will be nearly 7 billion rubles, said in an interview with the Minister of natural resources and environment of Russia Sergey Donskoy.
“The estimated cost of design and construction of the platform will amount to almost 7 billion rubles. The first phase should be independent of price and technological audit of the project. We now are working with the Ministry of construction of Russia”, — said don.
As the Minister noted, despite the relatively high cost, the emergence of such platforms will allow a study of the Arctic and Antarctic to a qualitatively new level and to create favorable and safe conditions of work for researchers.
“The project, which the Ministry of environment is preparing jointly with the Roshydromet, all-season research platform will have high hull strength, endurance fuel for at least 2-3 years and a life expectancy of 25 years,” added don.
According to him, global processes of climate change, including a gradually decreasing thickness of the ice, led to the emergence of objective difficulties for the organization stations “North pole”. At the same time, such projects are crucial for ensuring Russia’s presence in the high Arctic, focussing on the priority of Russia in the field of research. In this regard, it was decided on the construction of ice-resistant self-propelled platform for research in the Arctic.