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First Russian LNG bunkering vessel by Gazpromneft nears construction completion

11 Dec 2020

Russian oil producer Gazprom Neft on Thursday (10 December) said the construction of its first liquified natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel has entered the completion stage of construction. This includes the installation of tanks and other cryogenic equipment for storage and transportation of LNG. 

The high-tech vessel will provide transportation and bunkering of environmentally friendly natural gas motor fuel to customers in the largest ports of the Baltic Sea – St. Petersburg, Ust-Luga, Primorsk, etc. 

Gazprom Neft said it developed its marine fuel product line with a focus on the use of LNG. In 2018, the company initiated the implementation of the international standard for LNG bunkering into the practice of Russian shipping.

During the construction of the vessel, Gazprom Neft said the two cargo tanks onboard were constructed with an alloy based on nickel and iron, as it has high strength and resistance towards ultra-low temperatures.

In the next stage of the construction schedule, the company said a cargo deck will be installed, and work will continue on the installation of pipelines and cargo processing equipment.        

“When implementing the project of the first in Russian LNG bunkering vessel, the best international technologies were used for the ship construction, LNG storage and transportation,” said Alexey Medvedev, General Director of Gazprom Neft-Marine Bunker.

“To date, 70% of the main construction works have been completed: the assembly of the ship’s hull has been completed, the power plant and fuel tanks have been installed. The next stage will be the launch of the Gazprom Neft LNG bunkering vessel into the water.”

Photo credit: Gazprom Neft
Published: 11 December, 2020

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