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13 May 2013, 0:00

Kirov Group Will Supply Equipment for World's Largest Diesel-Electric Icebreaker

Kirov-Energomash, a subsidiary of the Kirov Group, will manufacture an anti-icing turbocompressor worth $3.2 million for the next-generation multifunctional icebreaker.

 

Kirov-Energomash obtained a contract to manufacture the major part of the ice protection system for the 25-megawatt icebreaker for Russia's state shipping company Rosmorport. According to the contract, Kirov-Energomash will produce an electrical axial turbocompressor with the productivity of 21 m/s and the discharge pressure of 2.12 kgf/cm2. The project cost is estimated at $3.2 million and is scheduled to be completed by April 2014. Currently Kirov-Energomash and designing bureau Iceberg are preparing manufacturing facilities.

 

The Kirov Group has a vast experience in developing parts for ice protection systems. In particular, all Russian icebreakers operating in the Arctic are equipped with anti-icing devices with compressors manufactured by Kirovsky Zavod and its subsidiaries. The ice protection system is designed to supply compressed air along the shipboard, which keeps ice from accumulating on the surface and reduces the friction while a vessel is in motion. Therefore, the vessel receives an increased icebreaking capability.  

 

The "LK-25" multifunctional icebreaker is the largest and the most powerful diesel-electric icebreaker in the world. It is designed to operate as a single unit as well as an auxiliary ship in the fleet along the Northern Sea Route. The icebreaker can also be utilized for towing, rescue, drilling and oil-extracting operations and expeditions in both sea ice and clear waters. The "LK-25" is capable to run uninterrupted in the ice up to two meters thick.

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