Messoyaha was the first field, the world’s northernmost gas pipeline construction zero mark. The Messoyaha’s first well gave a fountain on March 4, 1967. That was a year earlier than the Zapolyaryegaz establishment, the current Norilskgazprom predecessor.
Gas reserves were vital for the combine, and the USSR government declared the construction of the Messoyaha-Norilsk gas pipeline one of the top priorities.
Nobody had done this before: it was the first gas pipeline in the Arctic, for the first time it was laid not underground (permafrost is too capricious), but on supports, and for the first time siphon crossings were laid through the northern rivers.
The first well has already been liquidated, but the gas workers have installed a commemorative plaque over it.
In the History Spot photo project previous publication, we told that the Talnah construction began 60 years ago, and that construction site was declared a shock Komsomol one.
Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive