Russian natural gas company Novatek, the nation’s largest liquefied natural gas developer in the Arctic region, has also been building up the customer base of its small-scale Cryogas-Vysotsk plant on the Baltic Coast while making progress on assembling a shipping fleet for the Arctic LNG II project under construction on the Gydan Peninsula of northern Siberia.
Novatek owns 51 percent of the Cryogas-Vysotsk liquefaction plant, which began operations in 2019, and the other stakeholder is Gazprombank, the financial arm of pipeline gas and LNG company Gazprom.
The facility operates in the Baltic port of Vysotsk, located about 160 kilometres northwest of the city of St. Petersburg, supplying Russian customers as well as small-scale users in Scandinavian and Europe.
The plant has output capacity of 660,000 tonnes per annum of LNG and other infrastructure includes 42,000 cubic metres capacity storage tank as well as a loading terminal to handle small-scale and medium-scale carriers with capacities of up to 30,000 cubic metres.
Novatek said that in a period of just over a year Cryogas-Vysotsk carried out more than 200 small-scale LNG carrier loadings for deliveries to customers in Finland, Sweden, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Estonia, Poland and Spain.
The plant also registered 1,200 truck-loadings during the period for deliveries to off-grid customers and fuel station operations in the Russian domestic market around the region of Murmansk.
“Cryogas-Vysotsk has a broad and diverse geography of customers as this important project serves the entire Baltic region clean-burning natural gas needs amid tightening environmental requirements for marine and automotive fuels,” said Novatek Chairman Leonid Mikhelson.
As regards its large-scale LNG plants, including Yamal LNG and the under-construction project Arctic LNG II, Novatek said a steel-cutting ceremony had taken place at the Zvezda Shipyard in the Russian Far East for a new Arc7 ice-class LNG carrier to transport cargoes for Arctic LNG II.
Arctic LNG II will produce 19.8 million tonnes per annum of LNG as well as gas concentrate from the principal feed-gas resources, the Utrenneye gas fields, adding to the existing Yamal facility’s annual output of 17.5 MTPA.
The Russian company holds 60 percent of the Arctic LNG II project and four other 10 percent stakes are shared between various shareholders.
The 10 percent holdings belong to French major Total, which is also a shareholder in the Novatek company, China National Petroleum Corp., China National Offshore Corp. and a Japanese investor group comprising Mitsui & Co. and the government institution, the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp.