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Krylov State Research Centre says on its portal that one of the tasks for such vessel could be to transport the spent nuclear fuel from Bilibino nuclear heat power plant in Pevek on the Chukotka Peninsula.
They are: Alykel, Besovets, Khatanga, Kogalym, Kotelny Island, Mirny, Severomorsk (Murmansk), Olenya (Olenegorsk), Raduzhny, Salekhard, Surgut, Syktyvkar, Tiksi, Dresba airbase at Pevek, Petrozavodsk, Ugolny and Yakutsk.
Lake El'gygytgyn lies 100 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle and 360 kilometers from the nearest inhabited town: Pevek, Russia.
Maiskoye, in Chukotka Autonomous District, is 200-220 km from the district centre of Pevek.
The rescue helicopter lifted off from Pevek at 11:30am local time - the height of the Arctic day, which never gets brighter than twilight.
Ambassadors visited LLC Baltijskiy Zavod Sudostroenie where they had a tour of the floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov (designed to supply electricity to the seaport of Pevek and companies based in Chukotka) and a new generation nuclear icebreaker which is being built there.
Mr Hyde said a second helicopter might try to fly from the port of Pevek further west but, given poor weather forecasts and just three hours of daylight, other options were being considered.
Gazpromneft-Aero, operator of the Gazprom Neft aviation refuelling business, has completed its acquisition of a 100-percent holding in Chukotaerosbit LLC, an enterprise involved in aviation refuelling at three complexes throughout the Chukotka Autonomous Regions most significant airports, located in the cities of Anadyr, Pevek and Keperveyem.