Only the companies Stroygazkonsulting and Story-Trest have been approved to take part in a tender on the construction of a 28 km long railway line along the western shore of the Kola Bay, a key part of the long-discussed Murmansk Transport Hub project. While Stroygazkonsulting is controlled by billionair Ziyad Manasir, the Story-Trest company is part of the corporate empire of Gennady Timchenko, Prime.ru reports.
The companies are reportedly offering to build the railway for between €800-880 million. The project also includes the construction of a bridge across the great Tuloma river.
The railway will lead to Lavna on the western side of the Kola Bay and be an important transport connection to new industrial plants in the area. Among the new facilities planned built are a 20 million ton capacity coal terminal and a 350,000 TEU container terminal. There are also plans for a 35 million ton capacity oil terminal.
As previously reported, oil major Rosneft has signaled that it will take a leading role in the Murmansk Transport Hub initiative.
Norwegian state-owned coal mining company Store Norske on the Svalbard archipelago is in a serious situation because of low prices on coal. The company is now in dialogue with the State, employees and the bank to secure further operations in 2015.
What was the Barents Region’s only east-west flight, from Arkhangelsk to Tromsø via Murmansk, lacks permission and is no longer flying. Nordavia, however, hopes to see the Pskovaia operated aircraft soon landing in Tromsø again.
This abandoned polar hydrometrological station at Cape Menshikova on Novaya Zemlya can be declared a culture heritage site as Arkhangelsk authorities urge Moscow to include Arctic objects in the state register.
Industrialists in Finland eye the opening of a major trade and transport route with a projected railway connection to the Norwegian Arctic coast. Former PM Paavo Lipponen has been hired to get the Norwegians onboard.
Photographer Cristian Barnett traveled around the Arctic Circle, capturing life at 66° 33′ 44″ N. The result is his new book and traveling exhibition, Life on the Line. BarentsObserver spoke with Barnett about his impressions of life on the Circle and the decisions he made to capture it.
The Sami Council, which is an umbrella organization for Sami organizations in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, has agreed that there is a need for Sami to be present in the EU capital of Brussels and plans to establish an office there.