Zvezda Shipyard is at the centre of the Russian Federation’s LNG carrier construction programme.
Gaztransport & Technigaz’s (GTT) Mark III membrane containment technology will be used to equip five new LNG carriers being built by Russian shipyard Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex. The deal closely follows the announcement of a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) between GTT and Zvezda last week.
The 172,600 cubic metre LNG carrier vessels are being built for an unspecified Russian ship owner. The vessels are scheduled for delivery between Q1 and Q4 2023.
“We are very pleased to consolidate our partnership with Zvezda through this first order for five ARC7 ice-breaking LNG carriers”, said Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT.
The ARC7 LNGCs are intended to operate in connection with Russian LNG producer Novatek’s projects in northern Russia. As reported by The Motorship, the ARC7 LNG carriers are expected to operate along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) throughout the year. GTT notes that it has carried out research into adapting its technologies for operations in arctic conditions for over a decade.
GTT is an expert in the design of containment systems with cryogenic membranes used to transport and store liquefied gas, and in particular, LNG.