"Rosneft" expedition to explore Arctic ice

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It is extremely important to study the ice, because icebergs are the most dangerous things in the Arctic, they pose a threat to the engineering structures, which "Rosneft" plans to install.

The "Kara-Winter 2015" expedition, organized by "Rosneft" to study the ice cover in the water area between the Barents Sea and the East Siberian Sea, started in Murmansk accompanied by the icebreaker "Yamal", RIA Novosti reported.

This is the third time "Rosneft" has organized the research expeditions assisted by the specialists of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. The purpose of the expedition is to continue large-scale studies of the Arctic within the exploration of the offshore license areas.

"The expedition includes more members than the previous one, and it is planned to carry out additional types of work. There are fifty-two people on board, including the pilots. In addition to the standard type of work, that is studying icebergs and ice ridges, the expedition will perform the aerial photography using unmanned vehicles, the underwater photography using the "Gnom" TV lander and the radar imaging of the ice," deputy chief of the expedition Andrey Tyuryakov tells reporters.

He notes that it is extremely important to study the ice, because icebergs are the most dangerous things in the Arctic, they pose a threat to the engineering structure, which "Rosneft" plans to install.

According to the "Rosneft" representative Konstantin Kornishin, the expedition should collect the data that will allow designing year-round extraction and process facilities. He noted that the expedition would continue the three-year research program: apart from the Kara Sea, the Laptev Sea, the East Siberian Sea and the Barents Sea would be studied.

"The expedition is perfectly equipped mainly with the Russian devices," said Kornishin.

The expedition will last 55 days, the nuclear icebreaker and the expedition members will come back to Murmansk at the beginning of June. The received data will help reduce costs of the facilities installation and minimize the risks. The full report of the expedition will have been made by the end of 2015 – the beginning of 2016, said the representative of "Rosneft".

Text and pictures by RIA Novosti