Digital milestone in the Arctic: Unmanned vehicles transporting goods in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area
The first unmanned KamAZ trucks began operating at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye Field, located on the Gydan Peninsula of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area. Trucks transport goods along a 140-kilometer winter road connecting the oil field with the village of Tazovsky.
The use of autonomous vehicles will improve the efficiency of the logistics in the company's northern fields and increase supplies of the necessary equipment and materials.
“We created the required infrastructure, tested and finalized the unmanned systems and the transport itself together with the developers, formed the regulatory framework, and trained employees. Now we are starting a new phase. Before the end of 2023, we will be ready to provide autonomous transportation services not only to Gazprom Neft, but also to other Russian industrial companies,” commented Dmitry Potapov, General Director of Gazpromneft-Snabzhenie.
The navigation satellite system ensures the safety of unmanned cargo transportation. The vehicles are equipped with several types of sensors that build a digital road map, scan objects in the forward zone, recognize obstacles within a radius of 200 meters, and can detect static and moving objects.
The unmanned column is controlled by Russian software. After the closure of winter roads, high-tech trucks will continue to work at sites where ground transportation does not stop during the summer.