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Analysis of Factors Affecting the Siting of Field Camps of the Oil and Gas Industry in the Arctic. P. 79–87

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Section: Geosciences




Aleksey E. Kuznetsov*
*Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov (Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation)
Corresponding author: Aleksey Kuznetsov, address: Naberezhnaya Severnoy Dviny, 17, Arkhangelsk, 163002, Russian Federation;


The development of oil and gas resources in the Arctic region is carried out mainly on a basis of the rotation system. The field camps are created both at the stage of construction of transportation facilities and also at the stage of the oil and gas fields infrastructure development. Nevertheless, despite the practical importance of this issue, the efficient methodology of siting of field camps of the oil and gas industry has not been developed yet. The current research is aimed at solving this problem. The classification of affecting factors on siting of field camps is presented. This classification includes 7 groups: environmental, hydrological, climatic, geological, socio-economic, transport and construction factors. The main part of this article is dedicated to the estimation of weight coefficients of affecting factors as a measure of the extent of their relevance and significance. The analytic hierarchy process is adopted to solve this problem. According to this process, the affecting factors are compared in pairs by means of expert surveys. The article contains a detailed description of the procedure of expert survey and processing of the results. The presence of transport infrastructure, as well as the factor of economic feasibility of field camp construction and the factor of specially protected natural areas are the most significant factors based on the results of the expert survey. The factors of presence of water protective zones of water bodies and high security facilities in the territory have relatively high values of weight coefficients. The factor of the number of operating equipment on the site and the factors of evaluation of functional zones and planning structures have obtained the low score. In addition to the above, the group of hydrological factors has been almost completely classed into the category of insignificant criteria, with the exception of the factor of waterlogging of the territory. These weight coefficients of affecting factors will be applied for the preparation of the model of siting of field camps in the course of further investigation.


field camp in the Arctic, weight coefficient of affecting factors, analytic hierarchy process, expert survey, oil and gas industry
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