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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a meeting at the Baltic Shipyard on November 28 in St. Petersburg announced his intention to extend the construction of a series of icebreakers of the project 22220 (“Arctic”).

The Arctic region includes the Northern margins of the continents Eurasia and North America, the Arctic ocean with Islands, and adjacent parts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The Arctic border on land coincides with the southern border of the tundra zone and with the July isotherm of 10°C (5°C - at sea). The total area is about 27 million km2. Sometimes the southern border of the region is taken by the Arctic circle (in this case, the area is 21 million km2).

NOVATEK and Rosatomflot agreed to jointly develop and build a fleet of icebreakers using liquefied gas as fuel. The first Deputy Chairman of the Board of NovoTEK Lev Feodosyev said that the companies signed an agreement of intent.

"The agreement is aimed at creating a joint venture, the task of which will be the development of the icebreaker fleet for LNG for use in our projects. Based on the results of this Memorandum, we will have to create appropriate working groups and make a decision by the end of the year. We will also have to discuss forms of cooperation and financing. We will evaluate up to four icebreakers, " said Mr. Feodosyev during his speech at the Eastern economic forum (quote on Interfax).

He noted that at the beginning of the Yamal LNG project, the partners expected the economy based on the work of five months a year to the East along the Northern sea route and seven months to the West, but thanks to effective management and ice management, the supply window to the East can be increased.


Source: https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3738697 

 

Today, August 3, the crews of two anti-submarine aircraft Il-38 airbase Association of the air force and air defense of the Northern fleet performed a planned flight to obtain information about the ice situation in the Barents sea and the Arctic ocean.

The dates were named during the meeting with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov.

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