The St. Petersburg-based Malakhit Marine Engineering Bureau, part of Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation, is now working on a submersible underwater power module project for an Arctic application.
The purpose of the module is to provide energy to facilities where conventional power plants cannot be built. For example, to supply energy to oil and gas fields of the Arctic shelf with harsh ice conditions, or to military outposts in remote coastal regions of the Arctic. The module can be submerged up to 400 m and remain at this depth for a long time. This should reduce the risk of collision with icebergs. The module will operate autonomously with periodic maintenance. A small group of specialists (6 people) will visit and check it every three months. The module can receive personnel and supplies since manned underwater vehicles can dock with it.