With the ceremonial launch of the nuclear-powered arctic icebreaker ‘Ural’ last weekend, Russia’s Rosatom Atomic Energy Corporation has completed another step towards ensuring all-year round navigability of the Northern Sea Route (NSR). The development opens up an opportunity for India to access resource rich Arctic via NSR through the year.
During President Vladimir Putin’s visit here last October Russia that holds significant part of resource-rich Arctic region offered India access to the NSR that connects Europe with the Pacific Rim including additional supplies of natural gas and joint development of gas fields to meet Delhi’s growing energy demands.
The 173 metre-long ‘Ural’ is equipped with two highly efficient and compact RITM-200 nuclear reactors on board, capable of generating up to 350MW combined, allowing the ship to break through ice as thick as three meters. Read More