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Russian Oil Giant to Order Dutch Icebreakers

  • There is still a lot of mutually beneficial business going on between Russians and western Europeans
  • But make no mistake: there are Russian shipbuilders who would love to take Rosneft's business if relations deteriorate further
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VLADIVOSTOK, September 4 (Sputnik) – The Dutch shipbuilding giant Damen Shipyards Group will work with the Russian oil company Rosneft, supplying it with icebreaking and offshore construction vessels for the Arctic region, CEO Rene Berkvens told Sputnik on Friday.

"The number of ships is still to be determined but the types of vessels are the typical ones that are needed for exploration, production in the fields that Rosneft is targeting including the Arctic, which means highly sophisticated, complex icebreaking supply vessels, anchor-handling vessels, offshore construction vessels," Berkvens told Sputnik on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).

The company is also providing technology and engineering services for the Zvezda facility in Russia’s Far East, which repairs the submarines in the country’s Pacific Fleet.

The CEO added that Damen Shipyards would be happy to discuss further cooperation with Russian companies.

Rosneft, the leader in Russia’s petroleum industry, is the world’s largest publicly traded oil company. The company operates in every hydrocarbon-rich territory in Russia, including the Far East and the Russian continental shelf, specifically in the Arctic region.

Rosneft is one of the two Russian companies that have been granted licenses to explore the nation’s Arctic shelf.


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