The largest Russian oil company Rosneft is planning to build a range of shuttle tankers and use them for transporting oil from its Arctic oil fields.
Rosneft, Rosnefteflot (a subsidiary of Rosneft), and Zvezda Shipbuilding Facility have signed an agreement of intent to place orders with Zvezda Shipbuilding to build reinforced ice-class shuttle tankers (Arc6-Arc7) with a deadweight of approximately 70 kt.
Zvezda Shipbuilding Facility has been formed based on the Zvezda Far Eastern Shipyard by a joint venture of Rosneft, Rosneftegaz, and Gazprombank. The shipbuilding yard landed its pilot project with Rosneft, which signed an exclusive contract for ordering new offshore equipment and shipbuilding with this shipbuilding facility.
In accordance with this agreement, the companies will develop new technical documentation – the specifications for tankers and choose the manufacturers of basic equipment, Rosneft said on Friday. The flag of the tankers to be built at Zvezda Shipbuilding Facility will be Russian.
Rosneft also said that the exact number of the shuttle tankers is yet to be specified after the technical documentation is developed and core technical specifications of the vessels are defined.