Sovcomflot wins Exxon Neftegas supply vessel tenderNews // December 20, 2010
SCF will provide the supply vessels for the Arkutun-Dagi project.
On 16 December 2010 the Sovcomflot (SCF) Group of companies and Exxon Neftegas Limited (a subsidiary of ExxonMobil) signed long-term agreements for two icebreaking supply vessels to service the oil platform at the Sakhalin-1 Project Arkutun-Dagi offshore oil field.
The official signing ceremony, which took place at the Kremlin in Moscow, was attended by the Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office, the Chairman of the Sovcomflot Board of Directors Sergey Naryshkin, the President of ExxonMobil Development Company Neil Duffin, senior managers of OAO Sovcomflot, Exxon Neftegaz Limited, OAO United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), STX Finland and Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy.
The agreements were preceded by a tender, announced by Exxon Neftegaz Limited in December 2009. The terms of the signed agreements stipulate a long-term charter for a minimum of 10 years for two enhanced ice class supply vessels of 4,000 deadweight tonnes each, which will commence operations off Sakhalin Island in June 2013. Both vessels will be registered in Russia and will fly the Russian flag.
The vessels will represent the new generation of multifunctional icebreaking supply vessels, and have been designed to provide for delivery of supplies, emergency response, icebreaking, towing and escorting ships at the Arkutun-Dagi platform.
The icebreaking supply vessels are designed to meet all the rules, standards and requirements of international conventions, national and regional rules, including the requirements of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.
The vessels will also have a specially designed stern to navigate in ice and a propulsion system with two steering units and dynamic positioning capability, which allows the vessels to maintain a steady position at the platform.
They will be capable of operating during the winter season, breaking ice of up to 1.7m. Their diesel-electric propulsion plant, which consist of four main engines, will provide total power of 18MW.
Relevant contracts for the construction of these supply vessels have been signed between SCF Group and Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy, a joint venture between OAO United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) and STX Finland.
SCF Senior Executive Vice-President Evgeny Ambrosov said: “The expansion of SCF Group in the market segment for servicing offshore energy projects is in line with the Group’s Development Strategy for 2010-15, which envisages the development of national offshore operator."
"This includes the servicing of offshore projects and offshore oil and gas production facilities, first and foremost in the harsh climatic and heavy ice conditions of Russia’s Arctic and Far East."
SCF Vice-President Igor Pankov noted: “During the work on this project we relied on the experience and knowledge accumulated while operating our ships (shuttle tankers and ice-breaking supply vessels) for Sakhalin projects. We anticipate that the innovative technologies employed during the building of these new ice-breaking supply vessels will be in demand, in particular for constructing the fleet servicing Yamal oil and gas projects.”