St.Petersburg, September 19. Project "Iceberg" presented at "NEVA 2017" exhibition consists of several sub-projects which will ensure complete sub-sea (sub-ice) development of hydrocarbon fields for all-year ice covered zone. The Customer of this Project is the state-owned Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects. Rubin Design Bureau is the Main Contractor.
Project "Iceberg" consists of:
The project envisages also construction of two civilian manned nuclear powered submarines.
Each facility can be implemented separately and can act independently.
Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects has been working jointly with Rubin on "Iceberg" Project since early 2015. The Project is carried out in cooperation with a large number of participants. In the part of development and fabrication of large components of drill and power facilities it is the State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom" (mostly "Afrikantov Experimental Design Bureau for Mechanical Engineering"). This Project also involves cooperation with Federal Scientific Centre "Titan-Barrikady", Concern "Elektropribor", Concern "Okeanpribor", Central Research Institute of Marine Engineering and a number of other enterprises. Rubin jointly with the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and National Research Center "Kurchatov Institute" developed the virtual simulation model of drilling facility components. Physical models of facilities were tested by Krylov State Research Center.
The relevance of "Iceberg" Project rests upon the appreciation of the fact that mineral resources development, in the first place hydrocarbons, is the strategic task serving towards ensuring economic security of the Russian Federation in the long term.
Based on the estimations made by the Russian and foreign experts, the Arctic Region concentrates up to 25% of global hydrocarbon resources. Development and exploration of these fields will ensure potential reserve additions of hydrocarbons of up to 9-10 billion tons of oil fuel equivalent. At the same time the surface vessels (of seismic survey, drilling, transportation and installation, supplies etc.) can be used in hostile conditions of Arctic seas only during limited period: short-term summer time on condition of ice-breaker provision. Technological solutions of "Iceberg" Project will ensure total endurance for sub-sea (sub-ice) development of fields. Implementation of these research and development works will give a powerful incentive to technology elaboration in oil- and gas production, nuclear power engineering, seismic surveys and other related areas.