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Russia: New ice-breaking tanker and Sabetta port important in Arctic development - Putin02:58

Russia: New ice-breaking tanker and Sabetta port important in Arctic development - Putin

Russian Federation, Arkhangelsk
March 30, 2017 at 18:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the arrival of the world's first ice-breaking LNG [liquid natural gas] tanker at the Port of Sabetta on the Yamal Peninsula in an address, via live video conference, from the International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Thursday.

Putin stated that "the arrival of the new ice-breaking tanker, as well as the Port of Sabetta where it arrived, are both important projects in the development of the Arctic."

He added that the Port of Sabetta "has been built from scratch in the middle of nowhere," and that the tanker and the port represent "large investments in excellent, modern technology."

The Christophe de Margerie vessel arrived in the Port of Sabetta on Tuesday after successfully completing Arctic testing. It was built under a $320 million (€299.2 million) contract with Russian shipping company Sovcomflot and is capable of proceeding through ice up to 2.1 metres (6.88 feet) thick. The vessel has been designed and built to perform year-round navigation through the Arctic and to support LNG deliveries from the Yamal Peninsula to Asian-Pacific markets.

It has been named after the Total CEO who died in a plane accident in Moscow in 2014.

Russia: New ice-breaking tanker and Sabetta port important in Arctic development - Putin02:58
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Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the arrival of the world's first ice-breaking LNG [liquid natural gas] tanker at the Port of Sabetta on the Yamal Peninsula in an address, via live video conference, from the International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Thursday.

Putin stated that "the arrival of the new ice-breaking tanker, as well as the Port of Sabetta where it arrived, are both important projects in the development of the Arctic."

He added that the Port of Sabetta "has been built from scratch in the middle of nowhere," and that the tanker and the port represent "large investments in excellent, modern technology."

The Christophe de Margerie vessel arrived in the Port of Sabetta on Tuesday after successfully completing Arctic testing. It was built under a $320 million (€299.2 million) contract with Russian shipping company Sovcomflot and is capable of proceeding through ice up to 2.1 metres (6.88 feet) thick. The vessel has been designed and built to perform year-round navigation through the Arctic and to support LNG deliveries from the Yamal Peninsula to Asian-Pacific markets.

It has been named after the Total CEO who died in a plane accident in Moscow in 2014.

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