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Gorny Vozdukh ASEZ resident digging for thermal water on Sakhalin

During the construction of a balneological complex in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Honoka Sakhalin company is drilling one of the island’s deepest wells to produce thermal water. The project for construction and exploitation of the object aiming at family recreation is implemented according to the agreement with the Corporation for the Development of the Far East. The complex will have its first visitors in 2019.

By now, the well is 400 meters deep and is to be drilled 200 meters deeper with a newly assembled powerful oil rig.

“This is going to be Sakhalin’s deepest oil well since the Soviet time. Its thermal water will be distributed to two bathtubs in the complex. Other tubs and pools will be filled with water infused with herbs and other ingredients. The complex building is now finished and its roof is heated. Currently, the façade heating system and the boiler room are being installed, and the gas pipeline is being laid”, Honoka Sakhalin CEO Sergey Dmitriev said.

Honoka complex will feature different kinds of pools, massage and hair salons, recreational areas, restaurants and a Japanese garden. Kids will enjoy water slides and game rooms. Visitors will avail of the bathhouse complex with variously-heated pools, separate sauna areas, hot tubs and steam rooms, spa and massages.  

Russian-Japanese investment project for the construction of the 490.9-million-ruble worth balneological complex was presented at the III Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok as well as during the presentation of Sakhalin Oblast’s promising projects at the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia in June 2018.

Notably, the Japanese partner of the project, MARUSIN IVADERA, is a company with a huge experience in organization of SPA and balneological complexes in Japan and China that are famous by the name of ONSEN HONOKA. The closest complex is located in the city of Sapporo, Japan. At the plenary meeting of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe referred to the complex in constriction as an example of a successful partnership of the two countries and gave a high assessment to the project.

One of Hokkaido’s best companies specializing in spa resorts has visited Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and intends to share their experience with the people of Sakhalin and show them how to enjoy bathing in hot springs. The project is sure to become a huge success, otherwise the Japanese business would not contribute to this”, Shinzō Abe noted.

KRDV CEO noted that the ASEZ is actively developing in terms of tourism. For example, Kamchatka’s resort Paratunka, Sakhalin’s ski resort Gorny Vozdukh, Holdomi ski resort in Khabarovsky Krai.  A lot of tourist projects are being implemented on the territory of the Free Port of Vladivostok. The residents avail of special offers, the Corporation is building the infrastructure. The tourist flow is growing as well as tour agencies’ revenues.

Gorny Vozdukh ASEZ was created in the resort area of Sakhalin Oblast through Government decision of 17 March 2016. The implementation of projects in Gorny Vozdukh ASEZ is aimed at the creation of the year-round international sports and tourism center in the region. Gorny Vozdukh center and two land properties in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk are going to be part of it. According to the experts, some of the advantages of this ASEZ are a favorable location at the junction of internal and international sea and air ways, good geothermal resources for the development of balneological tourism and picturesque landscapes. Currently, there are 17 projects being implemented in the ASEZ with a total worth of 20.9 billion rubles.

Sergey Vidyulin