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Friday, July 3, 2020 

French LNG containment specialist company GTT has signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) with the Russian shipyard Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex (Zvezda) for the construction of LNG Carriers using GTT membrane tank solutions.

GTT says this contract represents a new step forward in the deployment of containment technologies in Russia. In particular, it will allow Zvezda to build ARC7 ice breaking LNG carriers fitted with the GTT membrane storage system: these innovative LNGCs are intended to transport LNG produced in Russia.

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 plans to specialise 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 programme of the shipyard.

Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT said: "We are pleased to count Zvezda among our new-building partners and to participate in the development of new LNG infrastructures in Russia. The conclusion of this contract is the prelude to a lasting partnership between GTT’s French technologies and Zvezda’s expertise."

Sergey Tseluyko, General Director of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, said: “We are very proud to be licensed by GTT for membrane technologies. This will allow us to offer reliable LNG solutions with GTT’s technologies in Russia.”

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