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SHI eyes Russia's $3bn LNG carrier order

SHI eyes Russia's $3bn LNG carrier order

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries may receive an order from Russia's largest independent gas producer Novatek for 10 additional ice-breaking LNG carriers worth US$3Bn.

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A report by Business Korea said South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries could land the shipbuilding order. If the 10-vessel order goes ahead, it would increase the number of LNG carriers for Novatek’s Arctic LNG 2 project to 25. Russia’s Zvezda Shipyard is expected to build 15 LNG carriers for the project.

If the Russian government approves the scheme, the number of LNG carriers to be used for Russia’s Arctic LNG project will increase to 25, including the 15 units that will be built by Zvezda, a state-run Russian shipyard, the report said.

The Russian government earlier allowed Zvezda to build the 15 units jointly with a foreign partner, which is required to transfer its technology to the Russian shipbuilder.

A contract for an initial pilot vessel for the project has been signed with Zvedza Shipyard, which has a technology transfer partnership with SHI. Built to Russian Register Arc7 for year-round operation in second-year ice with old ice inclusions with a thickness of 2.5 m, the initial vessel is expected to be delivered in Q1 2023.

Since being introduced in 2011, GTT’s Mark III Flex technology has been used in 66 LNG carriers and one floating storage regasification unit in service. By GTT’s calculations, the insulation solution provided by the Mark III Flex CCS reduces the daily guaranteed boil-off gas rate to 0.085% of tank volume.

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