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Rosatom and Russian Shipyards Welcome Project 10510 Leader Icebreaker Project

Naval Forces News - Russia
Rosatom and Russian Shipyards Welcome Project 10510 Leader Icebreaker Project
Shipyards and Rosatom are optimistic about the program to create nuclear icebreaker of project 10510 with a capacity of 120 MW, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at a meeting of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with his deputies.
Project 10510 Leader classProject 10510 Leader class icebreaker
"I would like to report that shipbuilders, Rosatom and suppliers are optimistic about the Leader nuclear icebreaker of 120 MW. There is documentation and industrial cooperation has been technically streamlined. If the government decides in several years about its construction the technical basis is already emerging," he said.

The creation of the Leader icebreaker can ensure all-season and all-weather operations at the Northern Sea Route both in the western and eastern parts to transport hydrocarbons round-the-year, he added.

"One Leader icebreaker is not a solution, we need a series. The 300-meter giant Leader, which is about 50 meters wide, will have commercial economic speed in any ice in the Arctic, and thus will solve the task of year-round and transit navigation along the entire Northern Sea Route and of delivering gas and gas condensate to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim,"
, Director for shipping of the Atomflot operator Andrei Smirnov said.

"Our specialists have calculated there should be at least three icebreakers like Leader," he added.

It was reported that the Iceberg Design Bureau is developing the most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world of project 10510 with a 120MW capacity. It can break up ice with maximum thickness of 4.3 meters and lead cargo vessels at a speed of 11 knots in two-meter thick ice thus ensuring efficient navigation along the Northern Sea Route. The Leader can develop the route into a permanently operating waterway as it would provide year-round support to vessels on schedule regardless of weather conditions and ice situation. The icebreaker would be crucial for transporting hydrocarbons from Yamal deposits to Asian and Pacific Rim countries.

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