Funds will be allocated from the budget for the construction of two nuclear-powered icebreakers

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree “On the implementation of budget investment in the construction of two serial universal icebreakers.” The text of the document is available on the website of the Government of the Russian Federation.

The order stipulates the allocation of budget investment for the construction of two serial universal icebreakers in 2014-2020, with funding year by year. The text of the document also defines the state client and client (developer) for the construction of the icebreakers: they will be State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom and Atomflot Federal State Unitary Enterprise, respectively.

“For the timely replacement of the nuclear icebreaker fleet, ensuring both uninterrupted icebreaker pilotage on the slopes of the Northern Sea Route and year-round export of hydrocarbons from 2017 onwards from the Yamal Peninsula, construction and commissioning of three generic nuclear icebreakers by 2021, including a head-breaker no later than 2017, and the first and second serial icebreakers in 2019 and 2020 respectively,” the Government website states.

The total budget investment for the construction of two serial universal atomic ice-breakers for the period from 2014 to 2020 in prices of the respective years will total 86,105.43 million rubles. The estimated cost of construction of the first serial universal icebreaker is 42,002.81 million rubles, and the second vessel will cost the budget 44,102.62 million rubles.

Upon inurement of this decision of the Government of the Russian Federation until the end of 2020, three (one head and two serial) universal nuclear ice-breakers will be commissioned, the press service of the Government announced.

The document was developed by Rosatom state corporation and adopted on the basis of the order of the President of the Russian Federation, plans to expand the country’s icebreaker fleet will be developed.

Five icebreakers currently operate on the Northern Sea Route. In connection with development of the resource and the end of service of nuclear ice-breakers currently operating, only one icebreaker, 50 Let Pobedy will be in operation at the beginning of 2021. The service life of the nuclear ice-breakers with shallow draught Taimyr and Vaigach ends in 2017.

Source: Arctic-info

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