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Firm to supply tech for new Arctic icebreaker

01st October 2012

ABB hashes USD 35m order for integrated propulsion and electrical systems to service “next generation” icebreaker in Russia’s Arctic

Firm to supply tech for new Arctic icebreaker
The icebreaker will navigate the Northern Sea Route and the Arctic seas and rivers

A power and automation technology group will supply a Russian state shipping firm with propulsion and energy efficient electrical systems for a new icebreaker vessel which will explore the Arctic seas, it emerged on Monday, as part of a USD 35m deal.

Zurich-based ABB will provide Russia’s Rosmorport FSUE with integrated power generation, distribution and 25 megawatt (MW) propulsion systems with Azipod propulsion units, the company said in a press release on Monday. The USD 35m order also includes thruster motors and fire-fighting pump motors.

The equipment will service a 25 MW line multifunctional diesel-electric icebreaker which will navigate the Northern Sea Route and the Arctic seas and rivers. Its speed is of 2 knots in compact ice field up to 2m thick and at temperatures as low as –35°C. The vessel will be delivered to Rosmorport in 2015.

The Azipod propulsion system allows for energy fuel reduction of up to 20 per cent, ABB added, an energy efficiency upgrade which may be of importance, as the amount of diesel usually required to advance through the Arctic ice is considerable.

“The extreme conditions north of the Arctic Circle demand constant availability and high-energy efficiency from all systems on board,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division.

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