Russian experts recruit nuclear submarines to transport Arctic natural gas without surfacing

 Russian experts recruit nuclear submarines to transport Arctic natural gas without surfacing

Typhoon-class nuclear submarine is the largest submarine ever built by human beings

[Global Times] Russia should consider using nuclear submarines to transport LNG underwater along the Arctic route. I suggest that if we talk about building a civil mining nuclear submarine complex, why not consider using nuclear submarines to transport underwater liquefied natural gas, Mikhail Kovalichuk, director of the National Research Center of the Russian Kurchatov Research Institute, said at the International Arctic Forum held in St. Petersburg recently, the Russian newspaper Viewpoint reported on November 11. Imagine that we should build an underwater gas carrier: a submarine hull with a nuclear engine.

He stressed that the nuclear submarine could be transported directly to the large hub without surfacing after filling up the natural gas mine under the sea. Especially along the Arctic route. This mode of transportation is safer than using large LNG carriers capable of transporting 140,000 cubic metres. Kovalichuk acknowledges that the economic feasibility of this underwater gas transport model needs to be assessed. Reported that the use of submarines underwater transport work is not a new idea. In 2010, the Central Design Bureau of Russian Ruby Marine Machinery considered transforming Russias decommissioned worlds largest nuclear submarine, the 941 Akula (NATOs Typhoon class) nuclear submarine, to transport minerals from the Arctic ice. Later, however, the proposal was rejected because it was too expensive to be economically viable.

Russia Today TV reported on October 10 that Elena Fedorova, an expert at Russias National University of Petroleum and Natural Gas, said that the patent for underwater liquefaction of natural gas had been submitted to the relevant authorities. Therefore, the future transportation of liquefied natural gas by nuclear submarines seems to be a reasonable solution, but it is difficult to say how fast such a project can become a reality, because it Many breakthrough engineering solutions are needed. But Anton Pokatovich, chief analyst at BKS Consulting, said the submarine was far less economical than the large gas carriers already widely used. Super tankers can transport about 110,000 tons of liquefied natural gas at a time. Even with the largest nuclear-powered submarines ever built by the Soviet Union and Russia, the maximum capacity is only 10,000 tons. (Liu Yupeng)

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