The development of the Shtokman gas condensate field in the Russian sector of the Barents Sea will start in the spring of 2011, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Saturday.
"In the spring of next year, an investment decision is due to be made and immediately after that, development work on the deposit will begin," Putin said.
He stressed that preparations are ongoing.
"Of course, it will take several years to put the field into operation and build essential infrastructure, but this must be done no matter what," he said.
MOSCOW, April 17 (RIA Novosti)