June 17, 2021
Pavel Belov, “Water Transport” / News
The keel-laying ceremony of a new icebreaking LNG carrier took place at “Zvezda” shipbuilding complex in southern Primorye.
This is a pilot ship in the series of 15 vessels ordered to service the “Arctic LNG – 2” project. It is owned by the “Sovcomflot” group. The remaining 14 ships will belong to “Smart LNG”, a joint venture between PJSC “Sovcomflot” and PJSC “Novatek”.
The length of the LNG carrier is 300 m, width – 48.8 m, cargo capacity – 172.6 thousand cubic meters. Delivery of vessels is scheduled for 2023–2025.
“Arctic LNG – 2” LLC is implementing a project to build three technological lines for the production of liquefied natural gas with annual capacity of 6.6 million tons each and stable gas condensate up to 1.6 million tons. Mr. Yevgenii Ambrosov, “Novatek” deputy chairman of the board, earlier noted that in 2025–2026 65 vessels will conduct transport operations along the Northern Sea Route. Approximately 80% of Arctic LNG will go eastward to the Asia-Pacific region, the rest will flow to Murmansk and further to European consumers.