WWF: Gas chemical project in Pechora delta carries high environmental risks
The Kumzhinskoye and Korovinskoye fields, which are to become the resource base for the project, are located in the heart of the Pechora delta, adjacent to the southern border of the Nenetsky nature reserve and between two sections of the Nizhnepechorsky nature reserve.
According to the best Russian and international standards for environmental impact assessment (EIA), such complex infrastructure projects should go through the procedure as an integrated project, which should include all components - drilling sites, processing plants and transport infrastructure.
It is also necessary to ensure the involvement of stakeholders at the earliest stage, that is, from the stage of the terms of reference for the EIA. Only following these approaches can provide a full assessment of the likely environmental and social risks.
RUSKHIM holding project:
This is a project for the extraction of gas condensate and the construction of a methanol plant. RUSKHIM is a vertically integrated holding, which includes two companies: RUSKHIM GAZ LLC and RUSKHIM KOM. RUSKHIM GAZ will develop the field and build infrastructure for gas transportation. RUSKHIM COM will build a methanol plant and port infrastructure. At the first stage, it is planned to equip 6 well pads with 32 wells and communication corridors (roads, gas pipelines and high-voltage lines) between them.