international magazine
03 / 2009

Arctic seas geological dangers and risks
Piter Gaz solves problems encountered in building underwater gas pipelines

Developing Russia's continental shelf is one of the nation's priority programmes. The potential resources on the Russian shelf are estimated to be 100bn t of fuel equivalent or 100tr m3 of gas. Caught by the world financial crisis, many expensive projects have been stopped, including developing projects located in the harsh conditions of the arctic shelf. However, this certainly does not mean that scientific studies of the arctic should be frozen since only science and high-tech will enable breakthroughs in solving the problem of developing Russia's shelf in the future.