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Putin and Modi visit new Russian shipyard

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Rosneft has announced that the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, have visited the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex located in Bolshoy Kamen, Primorsky Region.

According to the statement, the capacities of the modern shipyard will allow for the construction of ice-class vessels, tankers, gas carriers and marine equipment of any complexity.

During the visit, the delegation learned about the progress of the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex construction project.

The delegation examined the key operational premise of the second phase of the construction – the largest dry dock in Russia, which will be commissioned three years ahead of schedule, in 2020. The construction of the key outfit shops for the dry dock will also begin in advance, in September 2019.

The technical specifications of the dry dock will enable the construction of most types of existing and prospective ships with practically no limit to the tonnage and launching weight of the hulls. The dry dock under construction sized 485 x 114 x 15 m is the only one in Russia with such characteristics and is one of the largest hydraulic structures in the world. The dry dock features a giant Goliath crane. With a height of 120 m and a width is 189 m, this is the second crane of its type to be installed at the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex. The first crane has been facilitating the work of the heavy open outfitting slip since 2018. Soon, the dry dock will be equipped with four 60 t tower cranes with straight arms and a dock gate will be installed.

During the visit, Putin and Modi also learned about a breakthrough product for Russia – the ice-class vessel steerable thruster designed at the Sapphire Applied Engineering and Training Centre.

The capacity of the project for localisation of design and production of steerable thrusters with the power of up to 20 MW. With this aim, two joint ventures were established - the Sapphire Applied Engineering and Training Centre (St. Petersburg) and the Sapphire Steerable Thrusters Plant (Bolshoy Kamen).

According to the statement, Sapphire’s main goal is to localise the manufacture of steerable thrusters. The design capacity of the plant allows it to satisfy the demand for this equipment for vessels of various classes, including high ice-class gas carriers. Steerable thrusters are key components of the vessel electromotive system. The plant will manufacture high ice-class steerable thrusters with the capacity from 7.5 MW to 20 MW.

The Head of Rosneft reported on the shipyard’s production programme and the current state of the order portfolio: “The order portfolio keeps growing and comprises 39 vessels (59 vessels including options) at the moment. Rosneft has placed orders for 28 vessels. Currently, there are nine vessels under construction, including support vessels and gas-burning Arfamax tankers that comply with the latest environmental standards. Preparations are underway for the construction of high ice-class gas carrier vessels with a capacity of 172 m3 for operation in the Russian Arctic. Potential orders include: a series of gas carriers for the Arctic LNG-2 project and medium gas-burning MR tankers and the world’s most powerful icebreaking vessel Leader.”

During the visit, Igor Sechin, Rosneft CEO, also reported the company’s status for commencing the construction of the Far Eastern LNG plant to President Putin.

According to the statement, the plant capacity will total 6.2 million tpy of LNG. The plant’s resource base will be the fields of the Sakhalin-1 project and Rosneft’s own gas reserves on the Sakhalin shelf in the total amount of over 350 billion m3.

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