Russian oil driller grows its LNG fleet

Source: World Energy News

Russian oil exploration company SFC Group has commissioned its third Aframax (average freight rate assessment maximum) tanker powered by liquid natural gas (LNG).

The Mendeleev Prospect was named at South Korean shipyard, Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, and is the third such vessel SFC has ordered after the Gagarin Prospect and Lomonosov Prospect.

The newbuild super tanker has a deadweight tonnage of 114 000, is 250 metres long, 44m wide, and has cubic metre capacity of 132 100.

The three Aframax vessels, so named because they are too big to pass through the Panama Canal, will make up half of an expected fleet of six such vessels that will make use of “green funnel” technology that uses LNG as primary fuel.

Apart from the irony of using these vessels to transport oil, which is high in sulphur, from SFC’s Arctic drilling fields at Prirazlomnoye, the group said their fleet of LNG-powered vessels would enable them to significantly reduce their industrial impact on the sensitive environment in which they operate.

The three other Aframax ships are due for release to SFC sometime in 2019.

Another Russian company, Sovcomflot, has also ordered two LNG Aframax tankers.

The newbuilds are still under construction at Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex in Bolshoi Kamen near Russia’s south-eastern border with China.

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