Gazprom Neft starts refueling ships with liquefied natural gas

MOSCOW, Sep 23 — PRIME. Gazprom Neft completed Russia’s first refueling of a vessel with liquefied natural gas under an agreement with Sovcomflot, the company reports.

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The Gazprom Neft LNG bunkerer Dmitry Mendeleev performed the first Russian refueling of a ship with liquefied natural gas (LNG). use of marine fuels with a low carbon footprint.

From September 2022, small-tonnage transportation and bunkering of LNG in the ports of the Baltic Sea will be carried out by the only tanker vessel in its class in Russia “Dmitry Mendeleev”, the company specifies.

It is noted that the LNG bunkering project uses advanced technologies in shipbuilding and operations with gas motor fuel. It is capable of carrying up to 5,800 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas. The first refueling was preceded by an extended test program — test dockings with NGV-consuming vessels and coastal terminals in the Leningrad Region.

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In addition, based on the results of the state environmental review, a positive conclusion was received from Rosprirodnadzor on the compliance of liquefied natural gas bunkering technologies with Russian environmental legislation.

“In its long-term strategy for the development of the bunker business, Gazprom Neft relies on marine fuels with a low carbon footprint… Our first side-to-side refueling with liquefied natural gas, which we made in Russia, actually kickstarts the development of a new fuel segment in the domestic shipping industry,” concluded the Deputy Chairman Management Board of Gazprom Neft Anatoly Cherner.

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