MOSCOW – Rosneft has signed an R&D contract with Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) to define ice strength properties for the designing of marine hydro technical facilities.
FEFU will prepare methodology guidelines for assessing the strength properties of different types of flat ice and the correct consideration of ice load.
Under the R&D program, Rosneft expects to undertake monitoring and comparison of marine ice properties at four sites in the Arctic and the Pacific Ocean, with the data used to specify the parameters of the ice regime and ice load on offshore facilities in freezing seas for effective and safe hydrocarbons production.
The Arctic Scientific Center will analyze the data.
Previously, FEFU specialists developed recommendations to protect the supporting structures of the offshore Berkut platform on theArkutun-Dagi field in the Sakhalin I concession in the Sea of Okhotsk, and a team is presently addressing the ice challenges associated with developing oil and gas fields in the Arctic.