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Vostok mega oil project, Taymyr, Arctic Russia

A mega oil project in the Arctic (Taymyr peninsula) with 15 towns, a port, two airports and 800km of pipeline threatens Indigenous Dolgan, their environment and pastoral traditions.


There is another mega oil development under way in Arctic Russia. The project is situated close to Dundika town in the Taymyr region. The project brings threats Indigenous livelihoods and traditional ways of life [1-3].

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Vostok mega oil project, Taymyr, Arctic Russia
Country:Russian Federation
State or province:Krasnoyarsk Krai
Location of conflict:Taymyr
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Urban development conflicts
Ports and airport projects
Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
Specific commodities:Crude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Reserves of oil deposits are located some 140 km away from the port of Dudinka on the Yenisei River, which make up an estimated 1.2 bln tns of crude oil. Full-scale developments of the oilfield will not be possible without assistance from other investors [6].

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Level of Investment for the conflictive project353,000,000 (only for Dudinka port)
Type of populationSemi-urban
Affected Population:7885 (2010 National census counted)
Start of the conflict:01/01/2020
Company names or state enterprises:Rosneft from Russian Federation
Neftegazholding from Russian Federation
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Dolgan people of the Russian North
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Forms of mobilization:Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution
Potential: Fires, Food insecurity (crop damage), Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Waste overflow, Oil spills, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Malnutrition, Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Displacement, Increase in violence and crime
Project StatusUnder construction
Conflict outcome / response:Technical solutions to improve resource supply/quality/distribution
Under negotiation
Proposal and development of alternatives:Proposal of lifting pipelines 3 meters from the permafrost ground, which is also in interest of the developers because it prevents the permafrost from melting [1,4]
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Although pipelines are lifted from the ground by few meters, a project of these dimensions clearly brings negative consequences to Artic ecosystems, Indigenous people's right to traditional practices related to the surrounding environment.
Sources & Materials

[1] Climate Home News 2021: Mega oil project in Russia’s far north threatens Arctic indigenous communities
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[2] The Barents Observer 2021: On the Yenisey, a new oil terminal
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[3] Arctic Today 2019: An Arсtic oil field could hold Russia’s biggest discovery in 30 years
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[4] Hellenic Shipping News 2021: Nornickel plans to invest up to $353 million in Dudinka port upgrade
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[5] Daily Vek 2019: Taymyr Peninsula Shores to be Awash with Oil
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[6] IWGIA 2020: Russian oil spill exposes history of Indigenous Peoples’ rights violations
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[7] Barents Observer, 8 May 2019. Arсtic oil field could be Russia’s biggest discovery in 30 years. The Payakha area on peninsula Taymyr might hold as much as 1,2 billion tons of oil. By Atle Staalesen.
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Contributor:Ksenija Hanacek ICTA-UAB
Last update07/02/2022
Conflict ID:5610
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