Russia continues its arctic research program with drifting ice stations in the high latitudes. The icebreaker “Yamal” sails out to pick up scientists who have spent nearly a year on an ice floe and to find a suitable place for a new station.
The nuclear powered icebreaker “Yamal” leaves Murmansk today to pick up the Russian scientists who have spent nearly a year on the drifting ice station “North Pole-36” (NP-36). The station was established on an ice floe between the Wrangel Island and the North Pole in September 2008. Since then, the station has drifted some 2500 kilometers and is now approaching Greenland, RIA Novosti reports.
The icebreaker will pick up the 16 scientist, their dogs and 150 tons of equipment. The vessel will then continue its journey to find a suitable ice floe for the next station, which will get the name “North Pole-37”. The station will probably be placed near Severnaya Zemlya off the Taymyr Peninsula.
The first scientific drifting ice station in the world, “North Pole-1” was established in May 1937. Since 1954 Soviet "NP" stations worked continuously, with one to three such stations operating simultaneously each year, according to Wikipedia. In the post-Soviet era, Russian exploration of the Arctic by drifting ice stations was suspended for twelve years, and was resumed in 2003.
Watch video Of preparations on the "Yamal" on TV21.ru
The nuclear powered submarine K-496 "Borisgleb" this week made its last trip to the Zvezdochka yard in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, were it will be decommissioned and scrapped.
The dismantling of the vessel will be done with finances from Russian state nuclear power company Rosatom, as well funding from Canada and the USA, Regnum reports.
The vessel - a Kalmar-class (project 667VDR) sub was constructed by the Sevmash company and included in the Russian fleet in 1978. It has been based in the Northern Fleet's Olenya Bay and Saida Bay in the Kola Peninsula, submarines.narod.ru informs.
Timeframe for Sayano-Shushenskaya restoration may be known in a week –minister
MOSCOW/KHAKASIA. Aug 20 (Interfax) - The timeframe for the
restoration of the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power plant,
damaged in an accident on Monday, could be known in a week, Energy
Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- The death toll from the Aug. 17 accident at the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric station in Siberia reached 17 after Russian rescue workers found another body today, Interfax said.
Siberian dam disaster body count reaches 17 with 58 more missing
KHAKASIA, August 20 (RIA Novosti) - The official death toll from an accident four days ago at Russia's largest hydropower plant in south Siberia reached 17 on Thursday, with another 58 people still unaccounted for, rescuers said on Thursday.
The latest two bodies were found in the Sayano-Shushenskaya plant's ninth generating unit, a spokesperson for the rescue team said.
The search for the missing people is continuing, and water is being continually pumped out of the turbine room which was flooded early on Monday morning after an explosion, but the chances of finding anyone else alive are now believed to be very low.
The shutdown of the plant on the Yenisei River in the Khakasia Republic, built in 1978, has caused a severe energy shortfall in the region, forcing local factories to turn to temporary supplies. The blast also released a large slick of insulating oil from the plant's transformers, threatening the river's fish.
RusHydro, the plant's owner, has said the damage could take up to two years to repair, and Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko estimated the cost at at least 40 billion rubles ($1.2 billion).
The victims' families have threatened to sue RusHydro over the accident, accusing it of putting profits ahead of safety in failing to update and replace ageing equipment, and have demanded extra compensation.
The relatives met with Khakasia Governor Viktor Zimin on Thursday, and demanded that the offered compensation of 1 million rubles ($31,000) be raised tenfold.
Services were held in churches throughout the republic on Wednesday in memory of the victims.