14 July 2023
The offshore LNG transshipment facility being built by NOVATEK will include two such storage facilities A floating gas storage unit ‘Koryak FGS’ was delivered by towing caravan to the Bechevinskaya Bay (part of the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky seaport), the press service of “Rosmorrechflot” reported with reference to the” Administration of the Sea Ports of Sakhalin, Kuriles and Kamchatka”. This is the first floating gas storage unit delivered to the construction site of the eastern offshore LNG transshipment facility, which is being built by NOVATEK in Kamchatka. To ensure the safe performance of operations for towing, setting and unfastening FGS unit, tugboats with a power capacity of 5 to 20 thousand hp were engaged. Estimated time to complete the operation is 10 days. The ‘Koryak FGS’ floating gas storage unit is a non-self-propelled structure 400 m long, 60 m wide and with a loaded draft of 12.2 m. The LNG storage capacity is 360,000 cubic meters. According to the project, the Bechevinskaya Bay transshipment facility will have two FGS units. The Marine Transshipment Facility in Bechevinskaya Bay is designed to transship NOVATEK’s LNG from ice-class gas carriers transported by the Northern Sea Route (NSR) from the Arctic production area to gas carriers without ice reinforcement. The latter, in turn, will deliver LNG to consumers in the Asia-Pacific region. Part of the gas will be used to meet the public needs of the Kamchatka Territory.
Comment: Earlier the Far Eastern Marine Training Center (FEMTC) staff performed simulation of LNG transshipment operations in Bechevinskaya Bay for NOVATEC. FEMTC is a brand new (opened in 2021) training facility belonging to the Admiral Nevelskoy Maritime State University in Vladivostok, capable of performing a wide range of research and design missions for maritime industry.