No big Arctic oil on Northern Sea Route without big tax cuts, says Rosneft

  • Jul 11, 2019
  • Barents Observer

The state company has addressed President Vladimir Putin with a request to slash taxes on its projected mega-project in Northern Russia.

Also Neftegazholding, the company owned by former Rosneft-leader Eduard Khudainatov, stand behind the request to the Kremlin, newspaper Vedomosti reports.

The tax benefits are needed for the building of a 600 km long pipeline from fields in Taymyr and the Vankor area to the the Russian Arctic coast, the two companies argue.

Rosneft has earlier made clear that considers to build a pipeline from the Vankor area in north Siberia to Dikson, the town located on the coast of the Taymyr Peninsula. The pipeline would be about 600 km long and have capacity to carry at least 25 million tons of oil per year.

The project could include Neftegazholding’s Payakha in Taymyr, the fields that are believed to hold as much as 1,2 million tons of oil.

If built, the project would become a key part of Vladimir Putin’s grand plan to boost annual shipments on the Northern Sea Route to 80 million tons by year 2024.

According to Vedomosti, President Putin has expressed support to the joint project of the two companies and requested the «development of a mechanism.»

It is believed that the the requested tax cuts first of all concern the mineral extraction. It is not known how much it would cost the Russian state budget.