Arctic LNG terminal swings into action
Sabetta Port has received its first ice-breaking LNG tanker which will serve Russia’s Yamal LNG project, strengthening the position of the Russian Federation in the Arctic and contributing to the development of the Northern Sea Route.
At a special ceremony, Russian president Vladimir Putin, congratulated all those involved in the realisation of the project.
“The arrival of this new tanker, designed for Arctic conditions, is a big event in Arctic development, as is the construction of the port of Sabetta, where the tanker docked today. The port was built entirely from scratch,” he said.
He also took the opportunity to reassure those worried about tapping into the Arctic’s precious natural resources.
“We realise that this region’s ecosystem is very sensitive to any human interference. I know for certain that the port, the ships that will use it, the production methods used and the transportation system all use the most advanced technology and meet the highest environmental standards,” he added.
The Christophe de Margerie LNG ‘Yamalmax’ tanker is the first of a series of 15 ships being built to service the project.
In just one voyage, the vessel can carry 172,600 m3 of LNG, sufficient to supply the country of Sweden with all its gas requirements for almost four weeks. The vessel is 299m long (the height of the Eiffel tower) and 60m high.
The new port and its first vessel mooring are the result of a painstaking collaboration between Sovcomflot, Novatek and Yamal LNG, which took close to ten years.
Construction of Sabetta Port is based on the principles of public-private partnership and it is the world’s largest infrastructural project being implemented in the Arctic latitudes today.
The Arctic is a rich location in terms of its reserves. The project partners say it is possible to produce more than 70 million tonnes of LNG and create a hub with a more than a 15% share in the world market in terms of cost.
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