The XIII International Forum

December 7-8, 2023, St.Petersburg

Arctic: today and the future




MegaFon is an all-Russian operator of digital capabilities, which occupies a leading position in the telecommunications market. It provides mobile and fixed communication services, mobile and broadband Internet access, digital television and OTT video content, offers innovative digital products and services in the field of ICT, Internet of things, analytics and big data processing, cloud solutions and other products in the field of IT and telecommunications.

On June 6, 2019, MegaFon and the Finnish infrastructure operator Cinia Oy signed an agreement to create an international consortium for the construction of the first transarctic communication line, which will run along the bottom of the Arctic Ocean and will connect Europe and Asia with a possible extension to North America at the first stage of the project. The optical line will connect the continents across the Arctic, where about 85% of the world's population lives. This is an example of a high-tech solution for the development of the global economy, combined with the use of the highest environmental standards in construction.

The new fiber-optic communication line will provide the fastest signal with the minimum level of delay due to the choice of the shortest path and the use of advanced technological solutions. The length along the Arctic coast of Russia will be 11 thousand km, the total length - 13.8 thousand km. The laying of the transarctic cable is also part of the work to stimulate the socio-economic development of the Arctic region - the project will form a network infrastructure for consumers in the Arctic and the Far East.


NOVATEK is one of the largest independent producers of natural gas in Russia. The Company was established in 1994 and now it is engaged in the exploration, production, processing and marketing of gas and liquid hydrocarbons.

In terms of proved natural gas reserves, NOVATEK is the second largest among the public companies in the world. Provision with proven reserves at the beginning of 2019 is 29 years.

The Company's development strategy provides for the development of LNG production capacities on the resource base of the Yamal and Gydan Peninsulas (Russia). In December 2018, the 3rd stage of the Yamal LNG plant was put into operation (1st on December 2017, 2nd on August 2018). Currently, three lines of the plant are operating in excess of design indicators, the construction of the 4th line with a capacity of up to 1 million tons of LNG per year is being completed according to the Arctic Cascade technology patented by NOVATEK based on Russian equipment.

In September 2019, a final investment decision was made on the second major project of the Company - Arctic LNG 2. The project provides for the construction of a LNG plant, consisting of 3 lines on the basis of gravity type on the basis of the Morning Field with a total capacity of 19.8 million tons of LNG per year.

The long-term development strategy of the Company provides for the development of an extensive high-quality resource base of the Company on the Yamal and Gydan Peninsulas. By 2030, NOVATEK plans to produce 57-70 million tons of LNG per year. Careful and rational use of natural resources, conservation of biodiversity, minimization of environmental risks are the absolute priorities of NOVATEK.




Gazprom Neft is a vertically integrated oil company. The main activities are exploration and development of oil and gas fields, oil refining, production and marketing of oil products. The structure of Gazprom Neft includes more than 70 oil producing, oil refining and marketing enterprises in Russia, near and far abroad-countries.

Gazprom Neft is among the top 10 world public companies in terms of proved reserves of liquid hydrocarbons and it is one of the leaders in terms of their completion rate. In terms of oil production and oil refining, Gazprom Neft is one of the three largest companies in Russia. In 2018, the company produced 92.9 million tons of oil equivalent, the processing volume amounted to 42.9 million tons.

Gazprom Neft products are exported to more than 50 countries and sold throughout the Russian Federation and abroad. The company's network of gas stations includes more than 1830 stations in Russia, the CIS countries and Europe.

At the end of 2018, Gazprom Neft's net profit amounted to 376.7 billion rubles, which was 49% more than in 2017. The company is one of the industry leaders in terms of growth in financial indicators, as well as in such a comprehensive indicator as internal rate of return.

The main shareholder of the company is PJSC Gazprom (95.68%). The remaining shares are in in free circulation.



An international media group whose mission is to provide balanced and hard news of world events, inform the audience about different perceptions on key events, including those that others are silent about. International Information Agency "Rossiya Segodnya" is a leader in citation among Russian media and the largest Russian producer of information products targeted at an international audience, the business community, government agencies and a wide spectrum of users. is a special project of "Rossiya Segodnya", which started on August 1, 2015 with financial support from the Russian Geographical Society. At the moment, the site is the only federal-level information project on the Russian presence in the Arctic. Natural resources and infrastructure of the Northern Sea Route, economy and international cooperation in the Arctic, ecology, preservation of the culture of the indigenous peoples of the North, tourism and recreation in the Arctic region - you can find out more about this on



TASS is the state news agency of Russia. It was founded in 1904.

Every day, almost 2 thousand employees in real time create an objective and integral picture of the day, TASS publishes about 1.5 thousand messages and more than 500 own pictures from correspondents in Russia and abroad.

TASS Photo Bank is the largest collection of reportage photographs among CIS information services, with more than 28 million images.

Agency press centers are open in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk. Every year at its own sites, as well as in the framework of the largest forums in Russia and abroad, TASS holds over 1000 events in various formats.

TASS maintains partnerships with more than 60 news agencies around the world.