The icebreaker, which was built for the Nornickel company in Russia and will run on dual fuels, diesel and liquefied natural gas, is scheduled to be delivered in 2026.
Vyacheslav Ruksha, Head of the Northern Sea Route Department of the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation Rosatom, said in a statement, “We will sign a preliminary tripartite agreement as Nornickel, Rosatom and the Far East Shipbuilding Center. With this agreement, we will combine efforts to finish the construction of the icebreaker in 2026.
In addition, Rukşa said that the construction of dual-fuel icebreakers is foreseen for Novatek, but no decision has been taken yet, and said, “I think 3-4 dual-fuel icebreakers will be built.”
It was previously reported that Nornickel plans to finance the construction of the dual-fuel icebreaker for the Northern Sea Route from its own resources.
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