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Original Paper

UDC 622.1.553.93:553.94©P.K. Skuf`in, V.P. Samarina, 2022

ISSN 0041-5790 (Print) • ISSN 2412-8333 (Online) • Ugol’ – Russian Coal Journal, 2022, № 11, pp. 69-74

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18796/0041-5790-2022-11-69-74




Skuf`in P.K.1, Samarina V.P.1

1Federal Research Centre «Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences», Apatity, 184209, Russian Federation

Authors Information

Skuf`in P.K., Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences Geological institute, e-mail: skuf@geoksc.apatity.ru

Samarina V.P., Doctor of Economic Sciences Luzin Institute for Economic Studies, e-mail: samarina_vp@mail.ru


The paper carries out the appraisal of coal and anthracite deposits in Russia’s Arctic zone: in the Komi Republic, Chukotka, Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Republic of Sakha. It also determines the significance of the development of Arctic coal deposits for solving the problem of energy supply to the vast Arctic territories of the Russian Arctic, the promising development of which is ensured by the use of coal as the most economical type of fuel, in comparison with hydrocarbon raw materials. The importance of the coal industry for the country’s economy and the world has been shown. Based on the research, it has been concluded that the Arctic high-quality coals base is able not only to fully meet the needs of the economy of the Russian Arctic’s regions, but also significantly strengthen Russia's position in world markets, primarily in Asian ones, as a major source of hard and coking coal. The transportation of coal fuel is provided by the ships of the Northern Sea Route. The paper defends the position that sharp increase in the significance of the Northern Sea Route is possible when solving several global problems such as building modern infrastructure along the Arctic coast, updating the nuclear icebreaker fleet, creating a space monitoring system. Murmansk as a main center of coal transshipment terminals in the Arctic, plays the key role in this process.


Hard coal, Anthracite, Development of coal deposits, Arctic zone of Russia, Northern Sea Route, Transshipment terminal.


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The study includes results obtained under a grant from the Russian Science Foundation, Project No. 19-18-00025.

For citation

Skuf`in P.K. &Samarina V.P. Concerning development of coal deposits in Russia’s Arctic zone.Ugol’, 2022, (11), pp. 69-74. (In Russ.). DOI: 10.18796/0041-5790-2022-11-69-74.

Paper info

Received July 15, 2022

Reviewed September 20, 2022

Accepted October 26, 2022


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