The Trials of an Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier
LNG carrier Vladimir Rusanov conducted its first loading operation in the Yamal LNG plant at Sabetta, Russia, in March 2018. Before that could occur, the vessel left the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Okpo yard to head to the Arctic Ocean through the Suez Canal for ice trials. Over 3 weeks, she demonstrated her capabilities before being handed over to the Yamal LNG project.
Vladimir Rusanov’s first cargo arrived at the Bering Strait on 6 July, completing an 11-day voyage along the Northern Sea Route from the Yamal plant at Sabetta. It was bound for Jiangsu Rudong port to the north of Shanghai.
The carrier is capable of sailing in seas with ice up to 2.1 m thick, allowing year-round transport of Yamal’s LNG to worldwide markets. In the summer, it can sail on the Arctic Sea Route to transport LNG to East Asia via the Bering Strait.
July Marks Record Month for Gas Deliveries To US LNG Export Facilities
The US EIA reports that natural gas deliveries producting LNG for export reached 6.0 Bcf/D in July. Deliveries to LNG export facilities have been the fastest growing among all natural gas consumption sectors this year.
Shenzhen Gas Set to Open New LNG Terminal
The launch will make Shenzhen Gas the second Chinese city gas distributor backed by a local government to own an LNG import facility, following Shenergy Group’s Shanghai import terminal. Eni is set to deliver an initial cargo to the facility.
Australia Set To Become King of LNG Exports
Exports capacity has been rising for a decade and is on track to become the world leader within a year.
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