About the Shtokman Project
The scale and complexity of the operations, harsh climate in the areas where the gas is produced and transported, and the need to apply fundamentally new engineering and process solutions during the course of development all demonstrate the unique nature of the Shtokman project.
The production site is located far beyond the Arctic Circle in severe climate conditions. The Arctic climate and the harsh, stormy environment leave a narrow window of time favorable for the actual development operations. The appearance of multi-year ice and icebergs have been recorded on numerous occasions in the area.
The significant distance from shore adds further complication to the delivery of supplies to the site and servicing of the project infrastructure.
One of the top priorities, today and in the future, is to minimize or completely eliminate the negative factors associated with the project development. To this end, some of the industry’s toughest HSE and environmental protection standards will be applied.
Safety standards will be applied by various means:
- Meticulous engineering and planning
- Use of state-of-the-art equipment
- Use of high-quality materials
- Implementation of a quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) system
- Careful monitoring of construction and operation
Shtokman Development AG commissioned well-known Russian and European companies to conduct the most comprehensive surveys to date in the project areas – offshore, the near-coastal waters, and onshore. These surveys helped define the Project's engineering solutions and technical design, thereby keeping environmental impact to an absolute minimum.