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Sakhalin Energy and Sovkomflot signed a number of documents on the construction and long-term operation of vessels for the Sakhalin-2 project
According to the press service of Sovcomflot, at an official ceremony held in Moscow, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (Sakhalin Energy) and the Sovcomflot group of companies represented by Sovcomflot Shelf LLC (SCF Shelf) signed an agreement on the construction and long-term operation of a multifunctional icebreaker supply vessel for offshore production platforms for work within the Sakhalin-2 project. The contract is valid for 20 years.
The vessel will carry out all-the-year-round delivery of personnel, supplies and consumables to the oil platforms in the Sea of Okhotsk, and in the event of an emergency, it will provide the full range of measures to protect the environment and personnel safety in emergency situations.
The parties also signed memorandums of understanding, which provide for the construction and subsequent operation of three more support vessels with ice class.
On the occasion of the signing of the contract and memorandums, the Chief Executive Officer of Sakhalin Energy R. Yu. Dashkov said: “It is especially important for us that the company with which we sign these documents has already proven its ability to ensure the safety and reliability of servicing the company's facilities in the difficult climatic conditions of the Sakhalin shelf. For many years we have successfully cooperated with Sovkomflot, a corporation that has repeatedly confirmed its high class of work, which fully complies with the best international standards. And from now on, we will continue to support Russian manufacturers and expand long-term relationships with reliable and qualified partners. ”
General Director of Sovkomflot OJSC S.O. Frank noted: “We are grateful to our partners, Sakhalin Energy, for the opportunity to expand the participation of Sovcomflot in the Sakhalin-2 project. This is fully consistent with the strategic plans of Sovcomflot, which provide for the replenishment of the company's fleet with high-tech vessels and an increase in the share of industrial projects in the company's business portfolio. The contracted freight income of SCF from the operation of vessels under the concluded agreements is more than two billion US dollars.
New vessels will become models of the use of Russian shipbuilding content and high technologies, will be able to successfully carry out production tasks and will contribute to improving environmental safety in the waters of the Far Eastern seas. The shipbuilding contract has been concluded with the shipyard Arctech (the enterprise is controlled by OSK), the hull structures will be manufactured at the Vyborg Shipyard. In recent years, Sovcomflot has accumulated considerable experience in operating icebreaking vessels supplying production platforms. The company’s fleet consists of four such vessels, one of which is successfully working in the Sakhalin-2 project.
The signing of a contract for the construction and long-term operation of the supply ship with the prospect of concluding similar contracts for three vessels providing production platforms is an example of Sakhalin Energy’s large-scale involvement of domestic enterprises in the implementation of the Sakhalin-2 project. Russian shipping companies play a significant role in project implementation. They are also members of international consortia with which contracts have been signed for long-term freight of tankers for the transport of liquefied natural gas, which allowed Russian shipping companies to master the LNG transportation market.