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    Keppel Singmarine completes Arctic icebreakers for LUKOIL

    Yard News // November 6, 2008

    Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd has completed two icebreakers, built for one of the harshest marine frontiers, the Arctic, for its client, LUKOIL-Kaliningradmorneft (LUKOIL).

    Said Mr Charles Foo, Chairman of Keppel Singmarine: “This is the first time that icebreakers meant for the Arctic region are built in the tropics. It also marks Keppel Singmarine’s entry into the flourishing oil and gas market in the Arctic region.”

    The second vessel was named Varandey by Mrs Lyudmila Velikova, wife of Mr Victor Velikov, Deputy General-Director of LUKOIL at a Russian-themed ceremony at Marina at Keppel Bay today. The first icebreaking vessel, Toboy, was delivered to LUKOIL in August this year.

    Varandey will join Toboy in the Barents Sea of Russia where they will help forge passages through the ice for oil tankers plying the Varandey Terminal.

    Both Varandey and Toboy are designed to work in the harshest environments, cutting through solid ice over 1.7m thick, and operating in extreme temperatures as low as -45 degrees C.

    Said Mr Foo: "Increasing oil and gas exploration and production activities in the Arctic present tremendous opportunities for specialised and robust vessels such as the icebreaking vessels."

     

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