Russia Ships 1st Yamal Oil from Arctic Gate Terminal

Russia’s energy giant Gazprom launched on Wednesday the year-round shipments of Yamal oil from the Arctic Gate (Vorota Arktiki), an Arctic oil loading terminal.

The operation start was symbolically kick-started when the Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the command via a video call to start loading a tanker with oil from the Novoportovskoye oil, gas and condensate field, the richest in oil reserves in the Yamal Peninsula.

Taking into account that the field is located 700 kilometers away from the existing pipeline infrastructure, the country has decided to ship Yamal oil by sea for the first time in the history of Russia’s oil and gas industry.

“Gazprom is systematically exploring the Russian Arctic. We are successfully extracting oil from the Prirazlomnoye field, Russia’s only hydrocarbon production project on the Arctic shelf. A one-of-a-kind gas production center in the Yamal Peninsula is in full swing. Today, we are creating a new oil province on top of the gas center. We have opened the Arctic Gate to deliver Yamal oil to European consumers via the Northern Sea Route all year round,” said Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.

Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Alexander Dyukov, Chief Executive Officer of Gazprom Nef
Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Alexander Dyukov, Chief Executive Officer of Gazprom Nef

The terminal, with the annual capacity of up to 8.5 million tons was constructed at sea, some 3.5 kilometers offshore, as the Ob Bay’s ship channel with a depth of 11 meters is too shallow for ship traffic.

The terminal will ensure a year-round loading of tankers with Yamal oil for further shipments via the Northern Sea Route, according to Gazprom.

The Arctic Gate offshore oil terminal is designed to operate under extreme natural and climatic conditions, as temperatures in the region can drop below minus 50 degrees Celsius and ice can grow over two meters thick.

The terminal’s equipment is fully automated and protected from hydraulic shocks. The facility is equipped with a special system that allows for prompt undocking without depressurizing the units undergoing disconnection and a zero discharge technology that prevents foreign substances from getting into the Ob Bay, including a subsea pipeline.

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Jun 2018 >>
MTWTFSS
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 1

TRANSTEC 2018

TRANSTEC 2018 welcomes participants to explore Russian Ports and Shipping development opportunities…

read more >

Europort 2018

From 15-17 May 2018, the 12th edition of Europort Romania willl take place in the IDU Hall in Constanta…

read more >

The 27th World Gas Conference

The 27th World Gas Conference is the leading global industry event and is the definitive gathering of influential leaders, buyers and sellers, policy-makers and experts from around the world.

You will hear critical business insights and lively debates on the most topical issues facing the global gas industry today and in the future.

From 25-29 June 2018, Washington DC is expected to host 12,000 attendees, 500 speakers and 350 exhibitors representing, more than 600 companies from 100 countries.

Presented by the IGU, this is the largest and most high-profile gas event that is conducted by the industry for the industry.

Read More

read more >

SMM 2018

This is a must-attend event – a unique opportunity to meet key players, display business strengths, establish new contacts and exchange…

read more >