OREANDA-NEWS.   A barge with the cargo for the environmental expedition reached the Bely Island today. The vessel that left the Labytnangi port on August 15 had been standing storm and tempest for almost six days.

The volunteers were supplied with a dozer and a skidding tractor. They will help cleaning up the bulk waste. The barge was also loaded with construction materials necessary for restoring buildings on the island. In addition, the expedition crew received the essential goods, i.e. water and food. The cargo was procured through Gazprom’s financial support.

The third group of twelve volunteers, this year’s last crew, left for the island today. After unloading, the barge will be shipped with nearly 100 tons of trash and waste metal gathered by their predecessors.

Gazprom Dobycha Nadym is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom mainly focused on gas and gas condensate production and treatment.

The first gas production company in the northern region of Western Siberia, Gazprom Dobycha Nadym was set up to develop and operate the Medvezhye oil, gas and condensate field. Nowadays, Gazprom Dobycha Nadym also develops the Yubileynoye, Yamsoveyskoye and Bovanenkovskoye fields. The company holds the subsurface use license for the Kharasaveyskoye gas and condensate field which is currently at the pre-development stage.

The company’s area of activity covers the Nadym, Pur and Yamal Districts of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area. It is a city-forming enterprise for Nadym and the Pangody settlement. The company employs over 9 thousand people.

The company comprises 12 operating gas field facilities and 15 specialized branches. The annual volume of natural gas production totals some 60 billion cubic meters. Gazprom Dobycha Nadym introduced the ISO 14001:2004 environmental management system.

The work of the environmental expedition for cleaning up the Bely Island is divided into two stages: the winter and the summer ones.

The Bely Island, separated from the Yamal Peninsula by the Malygin Strait, is located in the state nature sanctuary in the Kara Sea. The area of the island is 1,900 square kilometers. Previously it used to be a military base. In addition, a polar hydro meteorological station has been here since the 1930’s.

The environmental expedition also worked here in 2012, clearing up some 20 per cent of the littered area.