Russia Begins Construction of 15 Icebreaking LNG Tankers

Already operates a fleet of 15 ordered from South Korea

Before 2016 such ships did not even exist

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Zvezda shipbuilding complex has begun constructing the first of 15 ice-breaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers of Arc7 class for the Arctic LNG 2 project, Russian oil company Rosneft said in a press release on Friday.

“The Zvezda shipbuilding complex has begun cutting steel for the lead vessel of a new series — an Arc 7 ice-class LNG carrier tanker. The ceremony took place in the hull production unit. The first component was cut on a high-tech plasma machine in the presence of representatives of the shipyard, the customer and the Russian Maritime Shipping Register,” the company said.

According to the press release, the ceremony was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister for Defense and Space Industry Yury Borisov.

“Gas carriers are among the most technologically complex innovative vessels to be built, while ice-class gas carriers are extremely rare. The beginning of their construction in Russia is a significant milestone for the domestic shipbuilding industry,” Borisov was quoted as saying.

Arctic LNG 2 is a project by Russian gas producing company Novatek. Located offshore near the remote Gyda Peninsula in northwestern Siberia, it will consist of three production lines with a total annual capacity of 19.8 million metric tons (21.8 million short tons).

Arc7 ice-class LNG carriers are designed for the year-round transportation of LNG in the difficult conditions of the ice-bound Arctic sea basin.

These tankers are capable of breaking an ice bulk of up to 2 meters thick (6.5 feet). Since Arc7 tankers use liquefied natural gas as fuel, they are considered to be of advanced environmental safety.

Source: Sputnik

  1. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

    Why would Russia need LNG ice breakers when they have nuclear ones?

    1. james richardson says

      These are not just LNG powered Ice Breakers…they are LNG Tankers

      1. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

        A tanker can follow an icebreaker any time.
        How would a hydrocarbon-powered icebreaker not be a tanker, given the need for weight?

  2. Jesus says

    These icebreakers are in addition to the Leader nuclear icebreakers built or in various stages of construction. The Northern route seems poised to make Suez Canal and Malaga straights more insignificant for the transport of LNG. Russia will increase its market share at the expense of Qatar and Australia producers.

  3. cechas vodobenikov says

    rather than develop US industry/innovation the US prints money and imports–decayed infrastructure and declining wages for 40 years—thei BLM vandalism/looting regards that they no longer create jobs—now a nation of baristas and public relations liars
    these structural fragilities can only accelerate collapse of empire

    1. thomas malthaus says

      The US economy is a Ponzi scheme.

      1. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

        Hardly. The US economy need never become illiquid like Ponzi or Madoff did.

  4. Aurum Cimex says

    But Greta told us there wasn’t going to be any ice any more. Does this mean she was lying? Oh no what a shock.

    1. Saint Jimmy (Russian American) says

      Aw, c’mon now. Would Greta’s front running, egotistical, plastic, narcissistic, disco loving Swedish parents and the 100 percent corrupt, lying American press LIE?

      Of course. That’s ALL they fuickin’ do.

    2. Le Ruse says

      Greta lying ?? She couldn’t be lying, she’s getting the Nobel Piss Prize next ?? So would they give the Nobel Piss Prize to a liar ?? Yea ..Yea I know the Mulatto Faggot got one & he’s a liar !

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