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LNG tankers crowd Norway’s Arctic Coast

The waters of Honningsvag and Hammerfest, two towns located along the coast of the Barents Sea, are busy as ship-to-shop reloading of LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) from Russia’s Yamal project.

Ship-to-ship transfer of LNG in Hammerfest. © Thomas Nilsen

Last Wednesday, six tankers were engaged in such in the Sarnes Fjord by Honningsvag – the biggest operation of its kind conducted in the area since local ship-to-ship operations started in late November 2018. Three ice-class carriers were each delivering natural gas from Russia’s Yamal Peninsula. They were reloading to the tankers Flex Endeavor, Patris and BW Tullip, according to information from ship tracking service MarineTraffic. But the six tankers in Honningsvag were not alone. In the nearby waters in the Barents Sea another four tankers waited for their turn to reload. In addition, a vessel was about to leave Norwegian waters on its way back to Sabetta, the Russian terminal in Yamal.

The Russian Yamal LNG project launched its third production train and consequently reached an annual production capacity of 16.5 million tons, much of which will be reloaded in Honningsvag. The reloading activities are part of the deal between Russian natural gas company Novatek and Tschudi Group, a Norwegian logistic company.

Source: Atle Staalesen (The Independent Barents Observer)