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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Zvezda shipbuilding complex located in Bolshoy Kamen, Primorsky region.

The modern shipyard capacities will allow building ice-class vessels, tankers, gas carriers and marine equipment of any complexity. This year «Zvezda» was determined the sole contractor for the construction of the Leader nuclear-powered icebreaker with a capacity of 120 MW.

 «This is the largest nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. This icebreaker will be able to break ice up to 4 meters thick», Vladimir Putin said.

Delegation got acquainted with the progress of the «SSK «Zvezda» construction project during the visit.

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The «Rosneft» chief executive officer Igor Sechin said in his report to the heads of two states: «The «SSK «Zvezda» project is being implemented by a consortium of investors led by «PAO «NK «Rosneft». Currently, the first stage main facilities, such as an open outfitting open final assembly area, hull structures fabrication shop and paint shops, have been commissioned. The second stage construction is proceeding at a faster pace».

The delegation examined the key production object of the second phase construction. This object is the largest dry dock in Russia, which will be commissioned 3 years ahead of schedule - in 2020. The construction of the main outfitting shops for the dry dock will also begin ahead of schedule - in September 2019.

The technical parameters of the dry dock will allow the construction of most types of existing and prospective ships almost without limit to the tonnage and launch weight of the hulls. The dry dock under construction with dimensions of 485 x 114 x 14 m is the only dock in Russia with such characteristics and one of the largest hydraulic structures in the world.

During dock construction was poured 140,000 m3 concrete castings, put in 6600 pilings. Giant crane «Goliaf» was installed on dry dock. It has 120 m height, 189 m width. It is the second crane this type, which was installed on «SSK «Zvezda» The first crane provides the work open final assembly area since 2018. At the earliest date dry dock will equipped with 4 crane towers with a direct boom and lifting capacity of 60 tons and a floating bulkhead will be installed.

The head of «Rosneft» reported on the shipyard production program and the current portfolio of orders: «Portfolio of «SSK «Zvezda» orders is constantly increasing and currently amounts to 39 vessels, and taking into account options – 59. «Rosneft» has placed orders for 28 vessels. Now in production – 9 vessels, including supply vessels and tankers of the «Aframax» class, working on gas fuel and meeting the latest environmental standards. Currently, preparations are underway to build gas carriers with a capacity of 172 thousand cubic meters of high ice class gas for operation in the Russian Arctic zone. Among the potential orders are a series of gas carriers for the Arctic LNG-2 project, medium-tonnage MR-class tankers on gas engine fuel and the world's most powerful nuclear icebreaker «Leader».

During the visit, Igor Sechin reported to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on the readiness of the Company to begin the project implementation for the construction of a Far Eastern liquid natural gas plant.

The plant’s capacity will be 6 million 200 thousand tons of LNG per year. The plant’s resource base is the «Sakhalin-1» project fields and «Rosneft» own gas reserves on the Sakhalin shelf, totaling over 350 billion cubic meters.

According to «Rosneft» estimates, budget revenues during the project implementation period will exceed 5 trillion rubles, 5 thousand jobs will be created, and 700 permanent jobs will be created during the operation period. The new plant will strengthen Russia's position in the global gas market.

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