(Cannes, 5 February 2009) -- Today in Gazprom headquarters, Dmitry Sevastiyanov, Director General of Gazprom Space Systems, and Reynald Seznec, CEO of Thales Alenia Space, signed the contract for manufacturing and delivering two Yamal-400 new generation communications satellites. The ambassador of France to Russia Jean de Gliniasty, and the Chairman of Gazprom Space Systems board, Gazprom board member - Head of Property and Corporate Managing Department Olga Pavlova also participated in the signing ceremony.
According to the signed document Thales Alenia Space, as the prime contractor, will be responsible for design, manufacture, testing and turnkey delivery of Yamal-401 and Yamal-402 satellites as well as for the associated ground segment deployment. The satellites launch is scheduled for 2011.
Thales Alenia Space was chosen to be the supplier as a result of the open tender held by Gazprom. The important criterion for the choice was the supplier obligation to arrange investment crediting of the project on the world financial market under preferable terms.
The new satellites will allow Gazprom to continue development and significantly enlarge the capacity of its communications satellites orbital constellation fully loaded now. At that the satellites capability and coverage zone will be considerably extended whereby meeting Gazprom needs for high quality communication in all the regions prospective for the company operation including Yamal, Eastern Siberia and Far East, neighboring and far foreign countries.
Moreover, Yamal-400 project will have high economical effectiveness thanks to providing Russian and foreign commercial organizations, in particular TV companies, with additional opportunities.
"Gazprom has ambitious and large-scaled tasks for business development. In this connection, the large order placement for the new satellites in the best way demonstrates Gazprom aiming at the project implementation despite economical crisis conditions", said Olga Pavlova.
"This project is very important both for our company and for our country. Yamal-400 satellites are extremely necessary for Gazprom entering the new strategically important regions of gas production as well as for strengthening the existing Russian communications satellites orbital constellation. I am sure that our cooperation with Thales Alenia Space will be successful and fruitful", noted Dmitry Sevastiyanov.
"We are very proud to have been selected by Gazprom Space Systems for this very important project. The choice of Gazprom Space Systems further strengthens the excellent relations we have been able to build for the Yamal-200 series. Thales Alenia Space will deliver to Gazprom Space Systems the state-of-the-art satellites needed for the ambitious Yamal-400 project. This success also confirms the solid presence that Thales Alenia Space has built up over the last 15 years in conjunction with the main players in the Russian space industry", said Reynald Seznec.
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