Monday, 27 July 2020 11:55

Russia actively engaged in Asia-Pacific region

NOVATEK made the first delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Yamal LNG project to Japan via the Eastern route of the Northern Sea Route (NSR).

NOVATEK reported this on July 24, 2020.

The delivery was made by NOVATEK's subsidiary NOVATEK Gas & Power Asia Pte. Ltd under the spot contract.

The unloading was performed in full accordance with the schedule at the Ohgishima LNG Terminal in Yokohama.

According to the data of the vessel tracking services, the gas carrier Vladimir Rusanov left the port of Sabetta on June 19, 2020, and arrived in Yokohama on July 22.

This was the first successful experience of entering and unloading an ice-class gas tanker Arc 7 in a Japanese port, which will allow NOVATEK to further increase the volume of LNG supplies to this country.

NOVATEK has recently been actively developing the Eastern part of the NSR, through which LNG is delivered from Yamal to the premium market of the Asia-Pacific region (APR).

Thus, 2 voyages for LNG delivery to China have already been completed.

On May 18, 2020, the gas tanker Christophe de Margerie sailed with cargo from the port of Sabetta and delivered an LNG consignment to the port of Jiangsu in China on June 9, 2020.

The trip duration was 21 days, which reduced the delivery time by more than 1/3 compared to the traditional southern route through the Suez canal.

Christophe de Margerie became the 1st large-tonnage vessel in history to cross the Eastern part of the NSR in May - usually Yamalmax-class vessels followed the waters of the NSR only in the period from July to the beginning of January.

The company implements projects on construction of transshipment complexes at the Western and Eastern ends of the NSR - in Murmansk region and Kamchatka area.

The terminal will facilitate the LNG logistics by shifting from ice-class Arc7 gas tankers used on the NSR to lighter tankers.

In Kamchatka, the terminal will be located in Bechevinskaya Bay (Yelizovsky district).

The volume of LNG transshipment when reaching the project capacity will be more than 21.7 million tons of LNG / year with the possibility of expansion up to 40 million tons / year.

The terminal is planned to be launched in 2022.

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