Russians to build 17 icebreaking LNG tankers for Northern Sea Route
NOVATEK and Sovcomflot have announced plans to develop a fleet of 17 icebreaking LNG tankers, reports Norway's Independent Barents Observer
NOVATEK and Sovcomflot have announced plans to develop a fleet of 17 icebreaking LNG tankers, reports Norway's Independent Barents Observer.
The two companies signed the deal that establishes the new joint venture during this week's Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
The vessels will all have top Arc7 ice standards and be built at the new Zvezda yard. They are to be delivered from 2023 to 2026.
It will be a completely new fleet of Arctic LNG tankers, built in Russia and sailing under the Russian flag, Sovcomflot says.
The vessels will serve Arctic LNG 2, the major natural gas project currently under development by Novatek and its partners.
The new company will lead the technical development of the fleet, serve as its purchaser and keep control of the construction process. It will be the formal ship owner, operator and provide financing, representatives of Sovcomflot say.
According to company leader Sergey Frank, a joint venture is the best possible way forward considering the complexity of the project.