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Gazprom Neft’s installs key equipment on Russia’s first LNG bunkering vessel

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Construction of Russia’s first LNG bunkering vessel is now in its final stage, with Gazprom Neft having completed its installation of tanks and other cryogenic equipment for LNG transportation and storage.

This high-tech vessel will be providing environmentally-friendly NGV-fuel transportation and bunkering services for clients at major ports throughout the Baltic Sea – in St Petersburg, Ust-Luga, Primorsk, and elsewhere.

Using LNG to develop its bunkering-fuels line is front of mind for Gazprom Neft, the company having initiated the deployment of international standard in LNG bunkering for Russian shipping in 2018.

Construction works on Gazprom Neft’s LNG bunkering vessel have involved the installation of two cargo tanks, each with a capacity of 2900 m3 – this high-tech equipment having been manufactured using a nickel-iron-based alloy, with high durability and resistance to ultra-low temperatures, thanks to which fuel tank circuits mean LNG can be stored safely at temperatures as low as -165°?. Special reinforcing props attached to the hull structure in the cargo holds had to be used to install the tanks.

The LNG bunkering vessel has also been fitted with cryogenic equipment, including: pumps and piping for loading and discharging LNG, and a fuel-tank cooling system. In line with planned scheduling, the next stage in building the LNG bunkering vessel will be the installation of the cargo deck, while pipe-fitting and installation of cargo handling equipment remain ongoing.

“The best international technologies, both in shipbuilding and in LNG storage and transportation, are being used on Russia’s first LNG bunkering project. 70% of key construction works are now complete; the ship’s hull has been assembled; and energy facilities have been installed, as have fuel tanks. The next stage is going to be launching Gazprom Neft’s LNG bunker at sea”, says Alexei Medvedev (Director General, Gazpromneft-Marine Bunker).

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