The Ministry of Natural Resources allowed Vostokuglu, Dmitry Bosov and Alexander Isaev, to mine coal in the zone of the Great Arctic Reserve, one of the participants in the meeting of the project committee of the Comprehensive Plan for the Modernization and Expansion of the Main Transport Infrastructure to 2024 told RBC on Wednesday. The representative of the department declined to comment. The representative of "Vostokugol" did not respond to the request of RBC.
FGU "State Nature Reserve" Bolshoy Arktichesky "is the largest reserve in Eurasia, it occupies 4,169,222 hectares on the lands of the Taimyr Autonomous Okrug.
According to the interlocutor of RBC, the Ministry of Natural Resources document on the adjustment of the reserve’s boundaries is already registered with the Ministry of Justice. Another participant at the meeting confirmed this information to RBC, explaining that we are talking about the exclusion of the protection zone of the “Medusa Bay” cluster from the boundaries of the Great Arctic Reserve. In this zone, the Arctic Mining Company (AGC), part of Vostokugol, plans to produce 19 million tons of coal by 2024. The company also intends to build a coal terminal "Chaika" in the port of Dikson for the export of coal along the Northern Sea Route (NSR). Last year, AGK had a dispute with Rosprirodnadzor, who accused her of illegal coal mining. The FSB on this basis opened a criminal case against the leadership of the AGK.
Considering the problems that Bosova’s company faced, the Ministry of Natural Resources questioned its coal mining plans when calculating the NSR’s cargo base. But implementation of the May decree of Vladimir Putin depends on their implementation. The President set a goal to increase the cargo turnover along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) from 17 million to 80 million tons by 2024.
Since the plans of Vostokugul were not taken into account, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Natural Resources called the confirmed reserves of fields and the agreed infrastructure construction projects only 59 million tons of forecast cargo. Mikhail Grigoryev, general director of the consulting company Gekon, who participated in the preparation of the forecast of the Ministry of Natural Resources for the NSR cargo turnover by 2024, told RBC that, taking into account the investigation in the criminal case against AGK management, “everything becomes even more vague”.
Now the Ministry of Environment considers about 19 million tons of production of AGCs in its forecast of the cargo base of the NSR to 2024, a meeting participant from Akimov told RBC. In total, the department counted 80.2 million tons of cargo, of which the basis is NOVATEK projects - 19 million tons with Yamal LNG, about 22 million tons with Arctic LNG-2, Gazpromneft (7.1 million tons of oil from Novoportovskiy deposits), "Norilsk Nickel" (1.4 million tons of metals). In addition to AGK, coal in the Arctic also plans to mine Roman Trocenko's AEON Corporation (4 million tons). The forecast also takes into account oil from the Paiyahskoye field of the Neftegazholding, Eduard Khudainatov (5 million tons), metals from Kazakhstan’s Kaz Minerals, which develops the Baimskoye field (0.5 million tons), the northern delivery - (0.5 million tons of various products), transit of goods on the SMP (0.5 million tons), as well as their exports (0.5 million tons). However, there is no decision yet to develop the Payakhskoye field: for the implementation of the project, the oilmen are demanding tax breaks and the creation of transport and social infrastructure.
The head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to provide oil companies with tax breaks of 2.6 trillion rubles. It is necessary that oilmen could invest in the development of the Arctic from 5 trillion to 8.5 trillion rubles, the Vedomosti newspaper reported, citing a letter from Sechin on June 26.
Sechin asks the head of state to support the draft law on the development of the Arctic, which provides for a special regime for investors, which involves the exemption of new oil and gas fields from the mineral extraction tax (MET). The benefits are intended, among other things, for the Vostok Oil project, which is supposed to unite the fields of the state-owned company (Lodochnoye, Tagulskoye and Vankorskoye) with the Neftegazholding deposit, Edward Hudainatov (Payaihskoye). The cluster may also include the Yermak Neftegaz fields, a joint venture of Rosneft and BP.