Russia to build its first LNG bunkering trio

Russian LNG-Gorskaya LLC has signed a contract with shipbuilder United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) for the construction of Russia’s first three LNG bunkering tankers.

The order forms part of a broader plan to purchase up to 9 bunkering units intended for delivering fuel from an LNG plant being built at Gorskaya station near Saint-Petersburg. The plant is projected to have an annual capacity of 1.26 million tons of LNG.

The three tankers with capacity of 7,300 cbm each are worth around USD 106 million and are slated for delivery in 2017.

The ships will feature a number of innovative solutions such as GTT LNG storage technology.

LNG-Gorskaya LLC plans to use its LNG bunkering fleet to deliver LNG to European consumers. It will also use them to bunker vessels in the water area of the Gulf of Finland.

Apart from the floating LNG plant and the bunkering vessels, the project purports the construction pier, loading rack and gas pipeline, and also the creation of several LNG terminals in Finland, Germany and Sweden.

The complex is expected to kick off operations by the end of 2017.

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