In compliance with agreements with the Norwegian side, Arktikugol is working actively to improve the environmental standards of its activities and reduce emissions of harmful substances.
The state-owned Arktikugol [Arctic coal] Company finalised to upgrade the Russian port infrastructures in Svalbard, Norway. Under the upgrade concept, berths of Russia's Barentsburg and Pyramiden settlements will serve a big number of vessels at a time, and in future they will become transport hubs in the region, Arktikugol's CEO said in a lecture at the MGIMO University.
Over the recent year, the Arktikugol Company has carried out a significant amount of work to upgrade the port infrastructures, to make the depth at the berth 13 metres and to commission a ship repair centre, he said. The concept to reconstruct the berths in settlements Barentsburg and Pyramiden is to have them being able to serve a big number of vessels at a time. We are confident that the settlements of the Russian presence have a big potential to become transport hubs in that region.
The European Union's sanctions against Russia and Russian companies have hindered the logistics to the settlements of the Russian presence in Svalbard, he continued. But thanks to negotiations with the Norwegian side, to the development of new supply chains, Arktikugol has managed to build reliable multimodal logistics to serve the company and Russian citizens on the Norwegian archipelago.
In compliance with agreements with the Norwegian side, Arktikugol is working actively to improve the environmental standards of its activities and reduce emissions of harmful substances. The settlements of the Russian presence have been using closed-cycle waste sorting and recycling.
As the Norwegians plan to use electric vehicles exclusively in Svalbard, Arktikugol has purchased and shipped its first electric vehicle to Svalbard and will continue to expand its fleet. The company has been upgrading the coal thermal power plant in Barentsburg to make it more environmentally friendly.