GTT and Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex sign a Technical Assistance and License Agreement for the construction of LNG carriers incorporating membrane tank systems
GTT has signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) with the Russian shipyard Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex (Zvezda) for the construction of LNG Carriers (LNGC), using GTT membrane tank solutions, GTT said in its release.
This contract represents a new step forward in the deployment of GTT technologies in Russia. In particular, it will allow Zvezda to build ARC7 ice breaking LNGCs, fitted with the GTT membrane storage system: these highly innovative and unique LNGCs are intended to transport LNG produced in Russia.
Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex has been formed by the Zvezda Far Eastern Shipyard and the Consortium of Rosneftegaz, Rosneft and Gazprombank. Zvezda obtained its GTT license after a qualification process that began in September 2017, including the construction of a Mark III technology mock-up.
The shipyard plans to specialise in the construction of large-capacity vessels, ice-class ships, special vessels and marine equipment or offshore platforms. Construction of LNGC is one of the priority directions of the production program of the shipyard.
Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT declared: "We are pleased to count Zvezda among our new-building partners and to participate in the development of new LNG infrastructures in Russia. The conclusion of this contract is the prelude to a lasting partnership between GTT’s French technologies and Zvezda’s expertise."
Sergey Tseluyko, General Director of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, added on this occasion: “We are very proud to be licensed by GTT for Membrane technologies. This will allow us to offer reliable LNG solutions with GTT’s technologies in Russia.”