Oil arm of Russian gas giant Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, further enhances the reliability of its Prirazlomnoye Project with a new double-acting ice-breaking vessel.
The Sayan Polaris multipurpose icebreaker will further enhance safety and reliability in operations on the Prirazlomnoye project in the Barents Sea.
The Sayan Polaris, built in 2018, is owned by Sevnor Management AS and has been leased to Gazprom Neft Shelf. It will be used as a supply vessel, a floating hotel and, when necessary, will undertake emergency response and rescue operations.
The vessel has been upgraded by specialists at JSC Marine Arctic Geological Exploration (MAGE) to operate under the challenging environmental and climatic conditions of the Prirazlomnoye project, with icebreaking capacity having been enhanced, passenger capacity increased, and a special crane and emergency oil-spill-response (OSR) equipment installed.
Reinforced hull means it is able to operate in northern waters, even under record low temperatures, while its innovative propulsion system and cutting-edge dynamic positioning system, able to hold the vessel at any point, without anchoring or mooring, will improve safety, reduce operational costs and minimize environmental impacts.
Handover of the new vessel took place in Murmansk, where Gazprom Neft has established an onshore supply base supporting operations on the Prirazlomnaya platform.
Prirazlomnoye is located on the Pechora Sea shelf 60 kilometers off the shore (Varandey settlement) at a water depth of 19 to 20 meters.
Field contains over 70 million tons of oil, with a potential production level of some 5.5 million tons per year.