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Development of the Northern Sea Route until 2035 was discussed at the Exposition

Development of the Northern Sea Route until 2035 was discussed at the Exposition
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Photo: Alexey Mayshev/ RIA News

The pavilion of the Coordination Center of the Government of the Russian Federation hosted the Meeting "Development of the Northern Sea Route: Results of 2023 and Plans until 2035" under the chairmanship of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak.

The Northern Sea Route (NSR) is the shortest route between the European part of Russia and the Far East, Europe and Asia. It is also a significant incentive for the development of Russia's natural resources - oil, gas and other minerals. Moreover, the route acquires special importance in view of the increase in supplies in the eastern direction, and in the future, it can become a new international alternative to the route through the Suez Canal. The participants of the meeting reviewed the results of work towards the development of the NSR, discussed problematic issues and prospects - including the need to synchronize "Arctic" projects with projects "on the mainland", and jointly considered what still needs to be done.

"During his address to the Federal Assembly, the President of Russia set the task - to create a modern competitive logistics system on the basis of the Northern Sea Route, which will become a driver of development of the Arctic region of our country. The Government and specialized companies are actively working in this direction - in particular, within the framework of the Federal Project for the Development of the Northern Sea Route until 2035, the Government has approved the NSR Infrastructure Development Plan, which contains 152 measures," said Alexander Novak.

Photo: Alexey Mayshev/ RIA News

He also emphasized that the overall efforts aimed at the development of the project are already yielding positive results - in particular, record cargo volumes.

"Last year we recorded a record cargo traffic on the Northern Sea Route - over 36 million tons of cargo. This is five times more than the maximum figures during the Soviet period. Transit cargo transportation along the NSR last year also reached a record in the history of the route - 2.1 million tons, with oil being the main transit cargo. The development of the Arctic and the Northern Sea Route are interrelated tasks, so we need to work on them in a comprehensive manner, we need smooth coordination between the government and business, effective cooperation of the process participants, investors, suppliers, regulators and shippers," Alexander Novak added.

220 million tons of cargo traffic against the current 36 - this figure was announced by Alexei Likhachev, Director General of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, speaking about the forecasts for the development of the NSR by 2035.

Photo: Alexey Mayshev/ RIA News

"In the medium-term perspective for 2030 we see a planned figure of 150 million tons, and if we start from more optimistic forecasts, this figure increases to 190 million. For 2035, we see indicative figures of 220 million tons," said Alexei Likhachev.

In addition, according to the head of Rosatom, with "transport connectivity" by 2035 it is possible to reach the figures of 250-270 million tons. At the same time, the prospects for increasing cargo traffic are closely linked to the implementation of a number of major projects in the oil and gas industry, further expansion of the modern icebreaker fleet, and an increase in the number of Arctic-class cargo ships.

"No Arctic project has been stopped. And we need to get ready for a breakthrough - from tens of millions of tons in the twenties to hundreds of millions of tons in the thirties," summed up the Director General of Rosatom.

Alexei Chekunkov, Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, Alexander Dyukov, CEO of Gazprom Neft JSC, and others also made presentations at the meeting.

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