Russia’s Gazprom to launch Portovaya LNG project

Russian gas giant Gazprom is nearing the launch of its Portovaya LNG production, storage and shipment complex in the Leningrad region.

Gazprom said in a statement the construction of the project “is in its final stage.”

The delayed project located near Russia’s Baltic Sea port of Vysotsk will produce about 1.5 million tons of LNG per year.

It will liquefy natural gas coming from the nearby Portovaya compressor station, part of Gazprom’s Nord Stream pipeline.

Russia’s Peton Group is the main EPC contractor while Linde provided the liquefaction tech and built the project’s 42,000-cbm LNG tank along with Renaissance Heavy Industries.

Besides the LNG tank and a jetty, the project will have a converted floating storage unit.

The 138,107-cbm Portovyy, previously known as LNG carrier Excel, will serve the project as the FSU.

According to its AIS data, the FSU docked at the Portovaya LNG jetty last week. Prior to that, the vessel appears to have met with Gazprom’s 174,000-cbm Marshal Vasilevskiy FSRU off Denmark, the data shows.

Once online, the Portovaya LNG plant would boost Gazprom’s LNG export portfolio after the large Sakhalin-2 LNG export terminal which produced and shipped record 11.6 million tonnes of LNG last year.

Gazprom is also a partner in Novatek’s medium-scale plant in Vysotsk, not far from the Portovaya facility, and the gas giant is looking into building another mid-scale LNG plant near Vladivostok.

Moreover, Gazprom started building, along with partner RusGazDobycha, the Ust-Luga complex which will include a two-train 13 mtpa plant. This facility could also get a third train.

Besides these large-scale facilities, Gazprom has this year revealed several new small LNG developments in Russia as well as Vietnam, as it continues to boost its small-scale business.

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