South Korean Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. and Russian Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex signed a contract for the design of LNG tankers for Arctic LNG 2 project during the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

Under the deal, Samsung Heavy Industries will become the technology partner of the project and hand over the technical specifications and the design documentation of the project to Zvezda. The Korean company will also provide assistance in developing working design documentation to Lazurit central design bureau.

The Arctic LNG carriers to be built by Zvezda will meet all the requirements of the Russian Federation regulations which allow determining ships as Russian.

In 2018, PJSC Novatek confirmed a reservation of Zvezda production capacities for the whole set of gas carriers for the Arctic LNG 2 project. In April 2019, Zvezda and Sovcomflot signed the contract for the construction of a pilot gas carrier for the Arctic LNG 2 project.

For the first time in history, the construction of vessel of this type will be carried out by a Russian shipyard.

These Arctic LNG carriers feature increased environmental safety. In particular, they use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their primary fuel.

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