Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 23 July 2021 Rosatom and Nornickel have signed a supplementary agreement to complement their 2018 cooperation agreement. The additional agreement will last through 2030 – a testament to the strategic partnership between the two companies. In light of mutual interests, the parties intend to cooperate in ensuring uninterrupted and environmentally friendly integrated icebreaker accompaniment for vessels navigating through the Northern Sea Route. The signing ceremony took place as part of the Rosatom-organised event “Arctic Day.”
The document entails an expansion of the parties’ cooperation as Nornickel plans to increase its cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route. The metals and mining company is increasing its traffic volume to facilitate the timely implementation of its strategic investment projects in the Norilsk industrial region. These projects include the company’s primary environmental initiative – the Sulfur Programme.
In particular, the agreement expands the annual window during which Rosatom provides Nornickel with vessel accompaniment services. At present, Taymyr and Vaygach-type nuclear-powered icebreakers accompany Nornickel vessels from January to May. Under the new agreement, the period of vessel accompaniment will be expanded to November-May.
The supplementary agreement was signed by Rosatom’s First Deputy Director General and Director for Development and International Business Kirill Komarov and Nornickel’s Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy and Strategic Projects Management, Logistics, and Resource Support Sergey Dubovitsky.
As part of this new agreement, the parties intend to conclude “take-or-pay” contracts in the future on the provision of vessel accompaniment services using project 22220 nuclear icebreakers for a period of 15 years for a fixed price in Russian roubles and annual adjustments to reflect the previous year’s inflation, with the option of extending said contracts for two ten-year periods.