Ice-breaking tanker for new oil field
The ship, which has top ice protection classification Arc7, has been put on the water, Gazprom-Neft informs in a press release. It has a deadweight of 38,000 tons and is able to break through 1,8 meter thick ice. It is the first of six Arc7 vessels currently built for the company by Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries.
The «Shturman Albanov» will operate at the Novy Port project, the oil field located in Yamal Peninsula. It will ship between the field and Murmansk where the oil will be reloaded to terminal tanker «Umba»
Designed for shipping in shallow waters, the «Shturman Albanov» has a draft on only 9,8 meter and a width normal to tankers twice the size, Gazprom-Neft informs. With its aft end it is able to break through 1,8 meter of ice, and with nose part - 1,4 meters.
«These tankers have no analogue in Russia», company representative Anatoly Cherner says. «They have twice as big capacity as the tankers currently use for the purpose, and will autonomously be able to operate in the Ob Bay», he adds.
«When all the six tankers are taken into operation, they will together be capable of bringing about 450,000 tons of oil per month from the field».
The Novoportovskoye is one of the biggest oil fields in the Yamal Peninsula. The field is located 30 km from the coast of the Ob bay, and oil is transported by pipeline to Cape Kamenny where a terminal facility has been developed. The existing pipeline has a 600,000 tons capacity per year. That will be increased to 5,5 million tons as soon as a second pipeline is built. Project operator Gazprom Neft started construction of the pipeline in January this year and the field is planned to be in full production in the course of the year, the company infoms.
The Novy Port oil is planned to be transported also eastwards along the Northern Sea Route.
As previously reported, Arc7-standard vessels are currently under construction also for Novatek’s Yamal LNG project.