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The Global Energy Prize laureate: Russia needs to prepare for the development of the Arctic fields

The UN Commission on the limits of the continental shelf (CLCS) held its regular session yesterday in New York. In the period up to March 16, the experts should make their final decision on Russia's claim to the Lomonosov ridge and Mendeleev rive, which are rich with hydrocarbons. According to forecasts there are about 4.9 billion tons of fuel equivalent, and its extraction will require the development of equipment and technologies.

According to the Global Energy Prize laureate, scientific leader of the Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS, academician Alexey Kontorovich, Russia needs to start work on the development of Arctic hydrocarbon deposits immediately, so not to "lose the Arctic".

The scientist is convinced that exhortations of some economists and experts offering to freeze work on the Russian shelfs of the Arctic Ocean are unreasonable and unprofessional. "Equipment and technologies for oil and gas exploration and production in the conditions of development of multi-year ice has got no one. These technologies should be created, it is what we should do. Hydrocarbon resources of the Arctic will be required both by Russia and the whole mankind in the second half of the XXI century", - he said.

Alexey Kontorovich suggested sequence of activities in the Arctic. In 2015-2030 years, according to him, it is necessary to continue the ongoing work on regional shelfs of the Arctic ocean, at the same time organizing a large-scale research aimed at creation of the new equipment and technologies for exploration of hydrocarbons in the areas of year round ice.

In 2030-2040-ies, he said, it is necessary to test and bring to the prover level what has been done during the past period, and also to organize a search operations in priority areas. In 2040-2050-ies - to create a resource base of new oil and gas production centres and to develop necessary infrastructure. "Slow down the implementation of at least one of the stages and we will lose the Arctic, and with it - our national security" - said the scientist.

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