Leningrad region actively participates in development of logistics potential of the Northern Sea Route, said the Governor Alexander Drozdenko at the panel session “The Northern Sea Route – The Key to the Development of the Russian Arctic” during the International Arctic Forum.
The head of the region noted that Leningrad region is an active participant of the Northern Sea Route project. The region is the largest logistics hub for transportation of hydrocarbons and natural gas extracted in the arctic area. Shipbuilding enterprises of the region have unique scientific, technical and production potential which allows manufacturing a wide range of ships for the arctic area.
“We see promising directions for development of the Northern Sea Route – reduction of time required for delivery of cargo, reduction of political risks, there are also restrictions concerning ship traffic through the Suez Canal. And today at the Forum we are signing an agreement on a new project which will allow establishing a container line between Leningrad region and Kamchatka Krai,” noted Alexander Drozdenko.
The project on construction of a container hub port in Kamchatka Krai was announced by Development Corporation of Kamchatka JSC and Primorsky Multipurpose Reloading Complex LLC.
“Kamchatka Krai and Leningrad region are located outside the arctic area, but we are interested in implementation of the Northern Sea Route project. On the one hand it will connect Kamchatka with Europe, on the other – Leningrad region with Asian countries. This is a great commercial prospect which will allow reducing time required for delivery of cargo to our regions,” noted Alexander Drozdenko.
The project was initiated by Primorsky Multipurpose Reloading Complex company which is already implementing large investment project in Leningrad region – construction of a multipurpose port complex in the port of Primorsk with cargo turnover up to 70 million tonnes, including up to 30 million tonnes of container cargo. The project involves creation of a special economic zone in Leningrad region which is already being developed.
The new seaside port will be constructed by 2022 and its “partner” in Kamchatka will be established in 2024. It is planned that cargo turnover between two ports – Primorsk and Kamchatka – will amount to up to 5 million TEU annually at the first phase of implementation.
Creation of the port in Kamchatka Krai and establishment of the container line is continuation of work of the two regions under the agreement on social and economic cooperation signed in February 2019 at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi.