Russia: Zone of Absolute Discomfort by Justin Jin

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The ice-resistant Prirazlomnaya oil platform being outfitted and pre-commissioned by Gazprom on the coast of Murmansk City. When finished it will be towed to the Prirazlomnoye oil field in the eastern Pechora Sea. The platform has been under construction at the Sevmash Yard for 15 years and is designed to operate on Russia's first offshore hydrocarbon field in the Arctic. It will be operated by a crew of about 200 men working on two-week shifts. The field holds resources of up to 41 million tons and annual peak production is believed to amount to about six million tons. A total of 36 wells will be drilled at the site by year 2019. /Felix Features