Russian state-run Gazprom has started construction for an ice-resistant platform (ICP), which will be used for the development of the kamennomysskoye-Sea field, at the shipyard of Southern Shipbuilding and Repair Center at the Arctic ocean, according to a press release.

The ICP will be used to build 33 main directional production wells and the extracted gas will be fed into pipelines and arrive onshore into a comprehensive gas treatment unit and a booster compressor station. From there, the gas will go into Russia’s Unified Gas Supply System.

The Kamennomysskoye-Sea gas field has 555 billion cubic meters (bcm) of reserves. Production operations are due to commence in 2025, with a design output of 15 bcm per year.

The platform will be 135 meters long, 69 meters wide, 41 meters tall from the base to the helicopter pad, and its weight will be in excess of 40,000 tonnes. The structures placed on the platform will include, inter alia, main and auxiliary drilling modules, operational and energy complexes, and will be able to house 120 personnel. 

The ICP construction will be a joint project between Gazprom, Gazprom Invest, Krasnoyarskgazprom Neftegazproject, and Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg.

The Kamennomysskoye-Sea gas field, where the ICP will be operational, has extreme marine conditions with temperatures reaching minus 60 degrees Celsius. The future development of this icefield will be the most extreme operational field in the world.