Russian shipping line Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has placed an order for the construction of three new LNG-fuelled tankers byUnited Shipbuilding Corporation.
The MR-class vessels will each have a deadweight of 51,000 tonnes and will be used for the transport of petroleum products and gas condensate.
“The technical specification of the tankers reflects the international regulatory limits on sulphur, nitrogen and greenhouse gas emissions, which will come into effect in 2020,” a spokesperson for SCF said, noting that “LNG-powered engines release 27 per cent less Carbon Dioxide and 85 per cent less Nitrogen Oxide” compared to engines burning standard marine fuels.
Construction at Zvezda
The latest orders from SCF Group follow the arrival of three LNG-fuelled Aframax crude oil tankers to its fleet last year and an order for a further two 114,000 deadweight-tonne Aframax in September.
The new orders will all be built at Zvezda shipbuilding complex in Bolshoy Kamen in the Russian Far East and will be chartered on long-term basis to Russia's largest independent natural gas producer Novatek.
SCF Group sepcialises in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, with a fleet of 144 vessels, including 80 ice class vessels. The group also provides servicing of offshore oil and gas facilities linked to LNG production.
Total inaugurates Yamal ahead of schedule
One of the largest offshore projects SCF is currently involved with is the giant Yamal LNG project which comprises three trains with a total capacity of 16.5 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year once complete.
In December last year, developer Total announced that it had inaugurated Train 3 of the Yamal project a year ahead of the initial schedule and within the original budget.
This constitutes an unprecedented achievement for the industry. The positive experience of Yamal LNG paves the way for further LNG developments alongside our strategic partner Novatek, including Arctic LNG 2, the next major development based on giant low costs resources in Russia’s far north,” Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of Total, commented.