Rosneft puts Murmansk on ice

The town of Roslyakovo will not get a Rosneft service base any time soon

The oil company intended to turn the Roslaykovo shipyard outside Murmansk into a major base for its Arctic operations. Now all plans are put on hold.


”Rosneft is reconsidering its time schedules for the plans”, Murmansk Deputy Governor Aleksey Tyukavin confirms. According to the official, Rosneft will re-engage in the area no earlier than in 3-5 years.

”There are too big uncertainties about the rouble rates and the oil price”, Tyukavin says.

Meanwhile, the Roslyakovo shipyard will continue to serve the Northern Fleet and conduct repair works on Navy vessels. With the booming Russian defence budgets, the number of repair orders from the military is plenty. The yard has full order books for several years ahead, reports with reference to Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

Rosneft in 2013 announced that it wanted to place a lion’s share of its planned Arctic base operations in Roslyakovo. The new base would include various functions, among them service facilities for drilling rigs and oil plaforms. As many as 1500 new jobs was to be created at the base, the company said.

Regional authorities in Murmansk soon started preparations for the coming of the oil company and the Roslyakovo town was from 1 January this year officially taken out of the closed military territory of Severomorsk and included in the city of Murmansk. That transition was necessary for the development of major non-military operations, Rosneft said. Now, Shipyard No 82 will continue to serve the military. But the people of Roslyakov will live outside a closed military zone.