First LNG cargo departs from Gazprom’s Portovaya terminal

The first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced at Gazprom’s Portovaya LNG complex in the Leningrad region has departed, according to shipping data.

The 170,000-cbm LNG carrier Pskov, owned by Sovcomflot, set sail on Tuesday 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’s AIS data provided by VesselsValue shows that the 2014-built vessel is laden.

The vessel seems to be heading towards Egypt’s Suez Canal but the final destination of the LNG carrier was not available on Monday morning.

As previously reported by LNG Prime, the LNG carrier arrived at the FSU last week.

The operator of the plant, Gazprom LNG Portovaya, did not comment on the first shipment.

Gazprom plans to supply LNG produced at the plant to the 174,000-cbm Marshal Vasilevskiy located off Russia’s Kaliningrad and the international markets, local media reports previously said.

Once fully commissioned, the Portovaya LNG plant would produce about 1.5 million tons of LNG per year from two trains.

The plant liquefies natural gas coming from the nearby Portovaya compressor station, part of Gazprom’s currently closed 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.

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