Two Project 22220 nuclear icebreakers are planned to be laid down at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg in May 2024 and October 2025. Maxim Kulinko, deputy director of the Directorate of the Northern Sea Route of the state corporation Rosatom, said this in an interview with RIA Novosti.
According to him, the government determined the amount of allocated funds from the budget for three years, and the state corporation – its sources of funding. “Budget investments in the construction of these two icebreakers, which will operate in the waters of the Northern Sea Route, are planned in the amount of 58.9 billion rubles,” Kulinko noted.
Nuclear-powered icebreakers of project 22220 with a capacity of 60 MW are now the largest and most powerful in the world among similar ships. Their length is 173.3 meters, width – 34 meters, and displacement – 33.5 thousand tons. Such icebreakers will be able to conduct caravans of ships in arctic conditions, breaking through ice up to three meters thick.
According to the project, which has been implemented since 2013, three nuclear-powered ships have already been built: Arktika (lead), serial Siberia and Ural. They became part of the nuclear icebreaker fleet of Russia, now the nuclear icebreakers Yakutia and Chukotka are being built at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg.
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