The first cargoes from Russia’s Yamal LNG facility have been delivered to European terminals, and a new icebreaking LNG carrier that will deliver some of Yamal's future LNG cargoes has been christened.
Ship-tracking software corroborated a report from S&P Global Platt’s trade flow software to show that the Christophe de Margerie Arc 7 tanker delivered Yamal’s first LNG shipment to Petronas via the UK’s Isle of Grain facility on 28 December.
The initial 170,000 m3 LNG shipment left Russia on 11 December after the Yamal facility commenced operations on 5 December. The gas shipment was the first from Russia to the UK, however industry experts told the Guardian they expected the gas to be moved and sold in Asia, where prices are higher.
Genscape’s VesselTracker software also showed that LNG carrier Boris Vilkitsky completed its journey from Russia to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on 31 December, matching the delivery to the Gate LNG terminal expected by S&P.
The Gate terminal confirmed it completed the first-ever transshipment of a cargo sourced fromt the Yamal project, transferring the LNG volumes to the 162,000 m3 tanker Clean Ocean, which then moved on to Spain's northwest Atlantic coast.
The 16.5M tonne a year (mta) Yamal LNG project is managed by Novatek and Total.
New Yamal-bound LNG icebreaker named
A new icebreaking LNG carrier destined to service the Yamal facility was christened on 22 December at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in South Korea.
The 172,000 m3 Vladimir Rusanov ordered by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and China Cosco Shipping is set to enter service in March 2018 after completing its icebreaking sea trials in Arctic waters.
According to MOL, the LNG carrier is capable of sailing in ice more than 2 m thick. It is one of several Arc 7 icebreaker LNG carriers booked to deliver cargoes from the Yamal facility, four of which are to be chartered by China Cosco and MOL.
In summer, the ice-class LNG carriers will have the option to sail the northern sea route to deliver Yamal LNG cargoes to South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan. In winter, they will tranship cargoes via European gas facilities. Yamal's first ice-classed LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie completed its first successful transit of the northern sea route this summer.