First cargo from Gazprom’s Portovaya LNG terminal to land in Greece

DESFA’s Revithoussa liquefied natural gas import facility in Greece is preparing to receive the first cargo produced at Gazprom’s recently launched Portovaya LNG terminal in Russia’s Leningrad region, according to shipping data.

The 170,000-cbm LNG carrier Pskov, owned by Sovcomflot, set sail on September 13 from the 138,107-cbm Portovyy, which serves as a floating storage unit for Gazprom’s LNG export project located near Russia’s Baltic Sea port of Vysotsk.

Pskov was previously heading towards Egypt’s Suez Canal. However, its AIS data provided by Vessels Value shows that the vessel was on Monday located in the Aegean Sea in Greece.

DESFA’s cargo unloading data shows that the vessel is expected to arrive at the Revithoussa terminal on Monday.

The data shows that Greece-based industrial conglomerate Mytilineos had bought the cargo.

Greece’s energy and environment ministry recently said, announcing DEPA’s deal for winter LNG supplies with TotalEnergies, that the country has significantly reduced its dependence on Russian pipeline natural gas in the first half of this year.

At the same time, imports via DESFA’s LNG import terminal located on the island of Revithoussa increased significantly, mostly due to higher US volumes, accounting for 44 percent of total natural gas imports, up from 31 percent last year.

The EU has not imposed sanctions on LNG supplies from Russia and European terminals are regularly receiving LNG shipments from Russia.

Gazprom’s Portovaya complex is a mid-scale plant able to produce about 1.5 million tons of LNG per year from two trains.

The state-owned firm is also considering options to add another liquefaction train with a capacity of up to two million tons of LNG per year using domestic technologies and equipment.

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