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The creation of a new technological complex will help preserve Antarctica as a territory of international cooperation, strengthen the economic and scientific potential of Russia, and create comfortable conditions for the life and work of Russian scientists and polar explorers.

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Victoria Abramchenko visited the new wintering complex of the Vostok Antarctic station

Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dmitry Kobylkin, Head of Roshydromet Igor Shumakov, Governor of the Leningrad Region Alexander Drozdenko and Chairman of the Board of Novatek Leonid Mikhelson took part in the inspection of the Vostok Antarctic Station complex built in the Leningrad Region.

“The Russian Antarctic stations are being updated in accordance with the President’s order. The main goal of the new wintering complex at Vostok station is to strengthen the positions of Russian science in Antarctica, ”noted Viktoria Abramchenko during her visit.

The Deputy Prime Minister recalled that earlier at the meeting of the Government there was approved Strategy for the development of the activities of the Russian Federation in Antarctica until 2030. The document, in particular, provides for the strengthening of the material and technical infrastructure of the country – the modernization of the structure of wintering stations, the creation of a year-round station on the basis of the Russkaya seasonal field base, as well as the design and construction of a new research vessel of ice class.

“Thanks to the strategy, we count on the fulfillment of our own international obligations to ensure environmental protection, the implementation of effective environmental technologies, as well as the intensification of ongoing comprehensive studies of biological diversity, geological and geophysical and other studies. And, of course, the strengthening of the Russian Federation in the status of the leading Antarctic power, a comprehensive study of the Antarctic, monitoring the state of climate change, ”said Victoria Abramchenko. The Deputy Prime Minister noted that Russian legislation regarding the regulation of activities in the Antarctic is one of the most developed in the world. The country has very strict requirements for the implementation of any projects in the region, including taking into account environmental and environmental considerations.

New wintering complex at the Vostok Antarctic station

The new station complex will make the polar explorers comfortable accommodation: 35 people during the seasonal period and 15 people during the wintering period. A two-year supply of fuel and food is provided. The station will stand on 3 meters high supports, which will allow it to remain uncovered by snow for many years.

“This year we are celebrating 200 years since the discovery of Antarctica by Russian seafarers. For two centuries, scientists of our country have been devoting their lives to researching the southern continent with its unique nature. The installation of the new station is a landmark event for the world community, which will open up additional opportunities for international scientific cooperation, large-scale research and expeditionary work, ”stressed Dmitry Kobylkin.

The complex structures were manufactured and assembled at the site of the Pilot Plant of Building Structures.

“Our Gatchina plant is the only one in Russia that has a similar experience in the construction of townships in the Arctic zone. Taking into account the strategic objectives for the development of scientific research in the Arctic and Antarctic, we hope that the plant will retain its reputation as a unique enterprise and will be provided with orders, ”said the Governor of the Leningrad Region Alexander Drozdenko.

The beginning of the dismantling of the Vostok station elements for shipment to Antarctica is scheduled for September 1 of this year, the beginning of loading – October 1.

In Antarctica, a number of preparatory work was carried out, sled-caterpillar trips were organized and fuel bases were created on the main route for the delivery of the complex elements from the coast of Antarctica (near the Progress station) to the construction site. Fuel was transferred to the Vostok station, as well as four residential modules for the construction camp of winterers. Parts and assemblies of the complex inside Antarctica will be transported using more than two dozen tractors and heavy transport platforms on skis, which allow transporting goods weighing up to 60 tons.

Vostok station was founded on December 16, 1957. At the moment it is the only Russian inland Antarctic station. Since its opening, the station has undergone two renovations (in 1974 and 1982) and three mothballs. The infrastructure of the facility is currently in need of complete replacement. Old buildings are not only in disrepair, but also partially or completely submerged under a layer of snow 3-5 meters thick.

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