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Gazpromneft LNG bunkering operations for STS to start from 2021

16 Oct 2019

Gazpromneft Marine Bunker is planning to start ship-to-ship (STS) liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operations from 2021 onwards, said its CEO at the Argus Russia and CIS Oil Products 2019 conference.

“To date, about 150 ships with gas engines are in operation in the world. About as much is being built, and outstripping the growth rates of gas-fuel vessels projected on a global scale in comparison with the average growth rates of the world fleet,” said Alexey Medvedev.

“In 2021, the Gazprom Neft LNG bunker will be launched, which will be the first Russian bunker in the ship-to-ship format. A ship with a cargo capacity of 5,800 cubic meters will operate in the Baltic Sea – the region of maximum demand for LNG bunkering. 

“This year, at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, we signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of bunkering with Sovcomflot and Rosmorport, companies that are pioneers in transferring LNG to ships in Russia.”

Gazprom Gas-Engine Fuel, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker and United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) in early September entered into a tripartite agreement on cooperation and strategic partnership in the development of Russia’s LNG fuelled fleet and related infrastructure. 

Singapore shipyard Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd subsidiary Keppel Singmarine is believed to be the builder of the 5,800 m3 bunkering tanker chartered by Gazpromneft Marine Bunker.

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Photo credit: Gazprom Neft
Published: 16 October, 2019

 

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