NOVO-OGARYOVO, April 13. /TASS/. Cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route should surpass 200 mln tonnes by 2030, Russian Prime Minister, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev said at a meeting headed by President Vladimir Putin devoted to the issues of the development of the Russian Arctic zone on Wednesday.
"The Northern Sea Route allows bringing materials required for construction of projects, transports commodities and ready products, in fact, puts together the Russian north. A strategic task is to create a new global transport corridor on the basis of the Northern Sea Route. Four companies are to ensure the main volume of traffic along the Northern Sea Route by 2024 - Novatek, Gazpromneft, Rosneft and Northern Star. With those companies implementing plans, traffic along the Northern Sea Route will exceed 200 mln tonnes by 2030," he said.
Last year cargo traffic on the Northern Sea Route amounted to 35 mln tonnes. Trutnev said earlier that an increase in cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route to 80 mln tonnes by 2024 was one of the key goals.