Moscow - Construction of the world’s first research station permanently based in high Arctic waters began on December 21st, writes the Norwegian daily Independent Barents Observer quoting Russian sources.
The station that has got the name «North Pole» will have a deadweight of 10,390 tons and an engine that enables it to move through light ice with a 10 knots speed.
The «North Pole» will be able to autonomously break its way through the ice. But it is not the ability to break the ice which is the most important.
It is the platform’s ability to enable researchers to live in the ice for long periods. The is a joint initiative of Roshydromet and the Arctic and Antarctic Institute. The preliminary project investment cost is €98 million.