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  • 2021 September 1 16:44

    Zvezda lays down 51,000-dwt MR product carrier ordered by SCF to transport gas condensate

    Image source: PAO Sovcomflot
    Sovcomflot, NOVATEK and Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center sign agreement to develop ship repair cluster in the Russia’s Far East

    On 1 September 2021, PAO Sovcomflot, SMART LNG (a joint venture between PAO Sovcomflot and PAO NOVATEK) and Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center (FESRC, a subsidiary of Rosneft) entered into a trilateral agreement to cooperate on the development of a ship repair cluster in the Russia’s Far East.

    The signing ceremony took place on the eve of the VI Eastern Economic Forum as part of a trilateral workshop at the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex (Primorsky Region). 

    The agreement was signed by: Andrey Shishkin, CEO of FESRC and Vice-President for Energy, Localisation and Innovation of Rosneft; Igor Tonkovidov, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sovcomflot, and Sergey Frank, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SMART LNG.

    The agreement pertains to the expansion of cooperation between the parties on servicing and repairing vessels and vessel equipment using ship repair cluster’s facilities. 

    Cooperation between Sovcomflot, Russian energy companies and financial institutions made it possible to localise new civilian shipbuilding technologies in Russia and create the country's first serial production of modern large-capacity cargo vessels, based at Zvezda. This will serve as the foundation for the further development of a shipbuilding and ship repair cluster in the Russia’s Far East.

    Image source: PAO Sovcomflot
    The same day at Zvezda, a keel-laying ceremony was held for a new 51,000-dwt MR product carrier ordered by SCF to transport gas condensate in the Baltic under a 20-year time charter to NOVATEK. The vessel is designed to use LNG as its primary fuel, which will enable a reduction in vessel emissions. In total, three such tankers have been ordered by SCF from Zvezda, scheduled for delivery in 2022–2023. 

    PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) is one of the world's leading marine energy transportation companies, specialising in the transportation of liquefied gas, crude oil, and petroleum products, as well as the servicing of offshore upstream energy production. The Group’s fleet comprises 137 vessels with a total deadweight of 11.8 million tonnes, including vessels owned through joint ventures. More than 78 vessels have an ice class.

    SCF is involved in servicing large oil and gas projects in Russia and around the world: Sakhalin-1; Sakhalin-2; Varandey; Prirazlomnoye; Novy Port; Yamal LNG, and Tangguh (Indonesia). The Group is headquartered in St. Petersburg, with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai.

    Zvezda shipbuilding complex has been contracted by SCF and SMART LNG, a joint venture between PAO Sovcomflot and PAO NOVATEK, to build 20 modern ships with a total deadweight of 1.85 million tonnes for RUB 410 billion (over $5 billion): five LNG-powered tankers (owner - SCF) and 15 icebreaking gas tankers of the next generation for Arctic LNG 2 project (owners – SCF and SMART LNG). The delivery is expected in 2022-2025.

    Image source: PAO Sovcomflot




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