Projection: $110 Billion in Repairs for Russian Pipelines on Permafrost

by Jenessa Duncombe 16 December 2021

The Zapolyarnoye gas field in the Russian Arctic in 2013. Credit: Russian Federation Government, CC BY 3.0

Permafrost thaw is a major threat to pipelines in the Russian Arctic, particularly those carrying natural gas. One of the world’s biggest producers of oil and gas may face billions in upgrades as permafrost thaw destabilizes pipelines in the Arctic, according to new research.

Russia produces 80% of its natural gas in the Arctic, where rising temperatures are thawing ground that has been frozen for tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of years.