French engineering firm GTT announced Thursday it has signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) with the Russian shipyard Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex (Zvezda) for the construction of liquefied natural gas LNG carriers, using GTT membrane tank solutions.
The deal will allow Zvezda to build ARC7 icebreaking LNG carriers for transporting Russian-produced LNG, fitted with the GTT membrane storage system.
Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex has been formed by the Zvezda Far Eastern Shipyard and the Consortium of Rosneftegaz, Rosneft and Gazprombank. Zvezda obtained its GTT license after a qualification process that began in September 2017, including the construction of a Mark III technology mock-up.
The shipyard, which launched its first newbuild in May, plans to specialize in the construction of large-capacity vessels, ice-class ships, special vessels and marine equipment or offshore platforms. Construction of LNG carriers is one of the priority directions of the production program of the shipyard.