Gazprom Neft said Russia’s first LNG bunker barge has completed sea trials
The ship will be christened Dimtry Mendeleev and is expected to enter the Gazprom fleet in the second half of 2021. The systems for loading, storing, and discharging LNG will be tested in the next stage.
In December 2020, Dmitry Mendeleev was set afloat after the completion of the vessel’s main construction stage. The Arc4 ice-class vessel can carry up to 5,800 m3 of LNG and will be used for LNG bunker operations in the ports of St Petersburg, Ust-Luga and Primorsk.
The equipment on the vessel is in compliance with international Marpol Convention standards and ECO-S environmental certification.
Dmitry Mendeleev is built to support zero emissions and is fitted with a propulsion system fuelled by boil-off LNG. The vessel also sports an integrated digital system which can be controlled directly from the navigation bridge by just one crew member.
In late May, Gazprom began constructing a major new gas, LNG and chemicals complex at Ust-Luga in northwestern Russia that will include the 13 mta Baltic LNG plant.
Gazprom is developing the site with project partner RusGazDobycha and expects expects production at the facility to begin in 2026.
The two-train LNG export facility at Ust-Luga will be Gazprom’s second LNG export plant in addition to its nearly 11 mta Sakhalin LNG project in Russia’s Far East.
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