Construction of the Lead Russian Atomic Icebreaker “Leader” Will Begin in 2020

The oil company Rosneft is ready to finance the “zero” stage of development of design and engineering documentation to begin construction of the 120-megawatt Leader nuclear icebreaker with a capacity of 120 MW in 2020, said Sergey Tseluko, general director of Zvezda, in an interview with TASS.

“Financing the construction of the Leader icebreaker is provided from the federal budget. However, in order to start work on the creation of an icebreaker in time, the company confirmed its readiness to finance the “zero” stage of development of design and work documentation. Such an approach may allow the company to open in time financing of the “zero” stage before concluding a state contract, which will provide an opportunity to start building the Leader nuclear icebreaker from 2020, ”he said.

According to him, at this stage, work is underway to assess the required specialized capacities and to work out the design technology for future construction.

The newspaper “Kommersant” in the autumn of 2018 reported that the marginal cost of the first nuclear icebreaker “Leader” without VAT and additional costs is planned at 98.6 billion rubles, which the budget should allocate from 2020.

According to the newspaper, a contract for the construction of three icebreakers is planned to be concluded with the Zvezda shipyard, including on the lead ship, by the end of 2019, in order to start its construction in February 2020 and to deliver it in 2027. The newspaper noted that Rosneft agreed in 2019 to give an advance of 3.5 billion rubles. to the zero stage of the creation of design documentation, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade will allocate 950 million rubles. on research and development on the system of electric movement of the icebreaker.

Construction of the Lead Russian Atomic Icebreaker

It is expected that the icebreaker “Leader” with a capacity of 120 MW will be the first in the world to be able to navigate ships along the Northern Sea Route all year round with ice thickness up to 4 meters.

The shipbuilding complex Zvezda is being created on the basis of the Far Eastern Center of Shipbuilding and Ship Repair by a consortium of Rosneftegaz, Rosneft and Gazprombank. The “Stars” product line will include vessels with a displacement of up to 350 thousand tons, elements of offshore platforms, ice-class vessels, commercial vessels for the transportation of cargo, special vessels and other types of marine equipment of any complexity, characteristics and designations, including equipment that previously In Russia it was not produced due to the lack of necessary launch and hydraulic structures.