The North Pole self-propelled ice-resistant platform for round-the-year comprehensive scientific research in high latitudes is to set out on its maiden voyage next year. Researchers are to receive the platform in March 2022. 

The crews of Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31BM Foxhound fighters and their warplanes serving with a detached combined air force regiment have been rotated at the Northern Fleet’s Rogachyovo airfield on Yuzhny Island following the first one-month tour of duty to guard Russian Arctic state borders under an experimental combat duty program.

Nevskoye Design Bureau is working on floating airfields for cargo, rescue and military aircraft in the Arctic.

Researchers at the Tomsk State University (TSU), jointly with colleagues from the Institute of High Current Electronics (IHCE) of the Russian Academy of Sciences have developed a monomeric coating that can protect electronic equipment from rust and changes in temperature of  –196 to +130 degrees.  

The Ministry for Development of the Far East and the Arctic has proposed expanding land boundaries of the Arctic zone by incorporating territories in the Arkhangelsk Region, Karelia, Komi and the Krasnoyarsk Territory.

Plans to develop a gas chemical facility in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area have been discussed at a meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, the huge gas chemical cluster in Yamal will help attract more than 2 trillion rubles in investment and create 20,000 new jobs. Non-commodity and non-energy exports will grow by 125 billion rubles a year.

“The regional economy’s growth and diversification and new jobs are the main goals that we set for ourselves today. New industries cannot be developed in the region without also building up the local infrastructure, including railway, and we are consistently working on that. New tax incentives now being considered at the federal level should become a significant help in the implementation of large resource processing projects in our region,” Yamal Governor Dmitry Artyukhov said.

The head of the region added that the practical stage of project implementation is planned for 2021.

The investment project envisages the construction of new gas refining and gas chemical facilities. Earlier, representatives of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area were included in a working group at the Ministry of Energy to develop gas chemical and gas production facilities on the Yamal Peninsula.

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