Deputy Minister for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, Alexander Krutikov, said that the department supports the initiative to switch the Arctic from oil to gas, the Izvestia newspaper writes.
According to him, the transition of enterprises in the Arctic from oil fuel to liquefied natural gas is reasonable from the point of view of ensuring environmental safety.
It is noted that the ministry has already provided for a set of measures to expand the use of LNG in sea and river transport in the water area of the Northern Sea Route. The Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East also completed work on a draft strategy for the development of the Arctic zone until 2035.
According to preliminary estimates, the transition to LNG will take about five years.
Earlier it was reported that the Public Council of the Arctic Zone will be formed in October of this move in order to take into account the needs and interests of Russians living in the Arctic.
In addition, the council members will take part in the development of measures for environmental protection in the Arctic zone, as well as prepare proposals for improving Russian legislation.