World’s northernmost gas pipeline started from Messoyaha
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World’s northernmost gas pipeline started from Messoyaha

August 18, 2022

In 1967, every locality in the country thought about how to celebrate the main date - the 50th anniversary of the Great October Revolution. Norilsk was no exception: we had our own, valuable gifts.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The main events of 1967 were the blocking of the Hantayka channel and the the designing of the Messoyaha-Norilsk gas pipeline.

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.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

August 18, 2022

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