Russia’s need for year-round petroleum export along the Northern Sea Route is the main driver behind the futuristic icebreaker.

Russian officials have stated that, they will back the overhaul of an ailing Far Eastern shipyard in order to build an enormous nuclear icebreaker the Kremlin hopes will strengthens to make way in Arctic waterways, the official Tass newswire reported.

Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov now confirms his government by mid-March will issue an order with go-ahead for the icebreaker project, news agency TASS reports.

According to Borisov, the Zvezda shipyard in Bolshoi Kamen in the Far East will be upgraded with docking facility for building the enormous vessel. Rosneft will be in charge of the shipyard reconstruction in a consortium with Rosneftgaz and Gazprombank.