Sakhalin Energy and Sovcomflot (SCF) inform they have agreed to extend their co-operation having signed a number of agreements for construction and long-term operation of support vessels for the Sakhalin-2 project.
SCF explain that the vessels will be used as year-round personnel carriers and also as supply vessela for offshore platforms in the Sea of Okhotsk. In case of emergency, they will be deployed for personnel evacuation and oil spill response.
It is intended that Russian shipbuilders will play an active role in the construction of the new vessels: SCF has already signed a shipbuilding contract with Arctech (a joint venture between OAO United Shipbuilding Corporation and STX Finland) and structural components for the vessels will be produced in Russia at Vyborg Shipyard.
Sergey Frank, President and CEO of Sovcomflot, said: “We are grateful to our partners, Sakhalin Energy, for the opportunity to expand our involvement in the Sakhalin-II project. This is fully in line with Sovcomflot’s strategic plans, which provide for the expansion of our fleet with state-of-the-art vessels and an increase in the share of technical projects in our business portfolio. The company’s backlog of future contracted revenue totals over US$2-billion.
Sovcomflot add that the signing of the contract for construction and long-term operation of supply vessels and MOUs for an additional three standby vessels is example of large scale involvement of Russian industry in Sakhalin-2.
About Sakhalin Energy & Sakhalin-2
Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. is the operator of Sakhalin-2, one of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas projects, which has developed major infrastructure for hydrocarbon production, transportation and processing. The Company exports crude oil produced in the Sea of Okhotsk and LNG produced at Russia’s first LNG plant built by Sakhalin Energy in the south of Sakhalin.
The project’s infrastructure created by the Company includes, among other things, three offshore ice resistant platforms, the Trans-Sakhalin Pipeline System, which comprises 300km long offshore pipelines, an onshore gas pipeline and an onshore oil pipeline, 800 km long each, the Onshore Processing Facility (OPF), the Oil Export Terminal (OET), and Russia’s first and so far the only LNG plant which accounts for over 4 percent of the world’s LNG.