GAC Russia is upgrading its supply base at the port of Novorossiysk to support offshore oil & gas exploration and extraction in the Black Sea.
GAC Russia has already signed contracts to provide supply base support for operations from Novorossiysk on the northeastern Black Sea coast. Facilities include a dedicated berth, open and closed storage areas, site for liquid mud plant and dry bulk plant and office premises.
Prior to drilling, GAC’s Novorossiysk supply base on Tsemes Bay will be used to stockpile materials and equipment in preparation for offshore operations. When drilling starts, the base will swing into full action with round-the-clock operations loading and offloading supply vessels supporting the offshore operations. GAC will provide experienced personnel, mobile cranes, forklifts, and trucks to arrange the full scope of supply base management in strict compliance with national and international HSE regulations.
The project will include coordination with a range of local authorities and service providers, as well as screening and pre-qualifying partners to ensure they meet the stringent standards of the GAC Group. Arkady Podkopaev, GAC Russia’s Managing Director, says his company can meet those challenges, and has already obtained OHSAS 18001:2007 certification.
“By combining our local experience and expertise with the GAC Group’s versatile range of services and international experience in supply base business, we have what it takes to overcome the current limitations of Novorossiysk port to create a strong supply base to support upcoming operations in the Russian Black Sea,” he adds. “We are also well prepared to set up bases elsewhere in Russia in the near future.”
GAC supply base manager Alexander Pavlov (left) discusses planned upgrades.