Engineering company Gaztransport and Technigaz (GTT) has signed a technical assistance and licence agreement (TALA) with Russia-based Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex to construct liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.

According to the agreement, the LNG carriers will be constructed using the GTT membrane tank solutions.

GTT noted that the agreement is a step towards the deployment of its technologies in Russia.

Zvezda will be able to construct ARC7 ice-breaking liquefied natural gas carriers (LNGCs) that feature the GTT membrane storage system. The vessels will be used to transport LNG produced in Russia.

Rosneft-led consortium and Zvezda Far Eastern Shipyard established Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex.

Zvezda was awarded the GTT licence after a qualification process that was launched in September 2017, which also included the construction of a Mark III technology mock-up.

Zvezda specialises in building large-capacity vessels, ice-class ships, special vessels and marine equipment or offshore platforms.

GTT chairman and CEO Philippe Berterottière 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.”

Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex general director Sergey Tseluyko added: “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.”

In September last year, Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex selected Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to construct LNG carriers for the Arctic LNG 2 project.

According to the agreement, SHI will act as a technological partner due to its expertise.