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Ust-Kutsky municipality administration, INK and Vostokgosplan agreed to draft master plan for Ust-Kutsky district

December 4, 2023

Irkutsk Oil Company (INK) has signed an agreement to develop and implement a master plan for the Ust-Kutsky district with the administration of the Ust-Kutsky municipality and Federal Autonomous Research Institution Eastern State Planning Center (Vostokgosplan).
Администрация УКМО, ИНК и Востокгосплан подписали соглашение о разработке мастер-плана Усть-Кутского района

Vostokgosplan engages in R&D and analytics in the field of social and economic development of Russian regions. The company developed master plans for such cities as Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Magadan, Anadyr, Birobidzhan and other towns and localities.  

The idea of a master plan for the development of the Ust-Kutsky district was brought up by INK. The company undertakes to finance preparation of the document that will cover a time horizon until 2035.

“INK’s big projects are a source of a high potential for socio-economic development of Ust-Kut and the entire municipal district. It is people, however, who make this potential a reality. That is why it’s important that the town and district should be a comfortable place to live in. People should be able to have quality time and various leisure options, have access to quality healthcare services and good education for their children. The town is already changing for the better: in 2023, Ust-Kut got 142 scores in an urban environment quality rating, improving its position by 51.6% over 5 years. And this is just the beginning of a makeover of the town and district. The task of Vostokgosplan is to draft a master plan for the district that will help bring it more than 200 scores in the rating by 2035, nearing the quality of urban environment offered by such cities as Kazan and St. Petersburg,” said Vostokgosplan Director Mikhail Kuznetsov.

An analysis of all aspects of life in the district – traffic convenience, housing and municipal utilities, education, demography, socio-economic development, environment and tourism – will be undertaken at the main stages of the work.

Vostokgosplan specialists will identify new “traded sectors” synergistic to the existing directions of the socio-economic growth of Ust-Kut and the entire municipal district. They will also draft scenarios of the town and municipality improvement, reflecting the communities and businesses’ demand for a harmonious development of the urban environment in the master plan.

Another deliverable of Vostokgosplan work will be concepts of long-term, socio-economic and spatial development of the district. The latter means a scenario of the town’s planning pattern development, including mapping of the key social, transportation and engineering infrastructure items. After the results of the first three stages are available, a project office will be set up to bring the master plan to life.

“We expect the master plan to become a starting point for emergence of a new Ust-Kut. This will help improve the living conditions, quality of urban environment and infrastructure. It will give a boost to the existing and future investment projects of significance to the town and the region,” said Yakov Ginzburg, INK General Director, chairman of the Executive Board.

The final step will be to draft the budget for the district development. New social infrastructure will help retain people in the area and give momentum to further self-sustained improvement of the district. 

“Signing of the master plan for the Ust-Kutsky district is the first step on a long journey – the more so as we are one of the pioneers in the region to enjoy such a privilege. It is important that the local community contributes to the master plan with many ideas of how to make our land better,” said the district Mayor Sergey Anisimov.  

Irkutsk Oil Company (INK) is an independent Russian producer of raw hydrocarbons. The company incorporated in 2000 engages in geological study, exploration and development of 53 subsoil blocks in the Irkutsk Region, Krasnoyarsk Region and Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). В In Ust-Kut, INK is implementing a project consisting of raw hydrocarbons production, treatment, transportation and processing facilities, a helium plant and Irkutsk polymer plant. The INK Group now counts above 16 thousand employees.

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