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Gazprom Neft ships its 200th oil consignment from the Prirazlomnaya offshore rig

Gazprom Neft ships its 200th oil consignment from the Prirazlomnaya offshore rig

St. Petersburg, May 28 - Neftegaz.RU. Gazprom Neft has completed its shipment of the 200th consignment of ARCO crude from its Prirazlomnaya offshore rig. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all operations on the rig are being undertaken as standard, with all measures necessary being taken to protect employees from COVID-19.

This landmark shipment was undertaken by the M.Ulyanov tanker - several return trips to the Prirazlomnaya rig being necessary to despatch a consignment comprising 70,000 tonnes of oil. The vessel typically approaches one of various direct-loading facilities - or moves away from the platform, at a safe distance - depending on the prevailing wind direction, currents and movements of ice.

A dynamic positioning system helps keep the vessel in place during transhipment, but the operation itself only starts once 30 essential safety criteria have been met.

Oil has been transported by vessels from Sovcomflot since the rig was 1st commissioned - shuttle tankers the M.Ulanov (which completed the 1st shipment of Arctic oil in 2014) and the K.Lavrov - both of which have since delivered more than 13 million tonnes of oil to the Port of Murmansk in the 6 years the Prirazlomnaya rig has been in operation.

“Despatching the 200th oil consignment confirms the considerable stability and safety of the logistics strategy we use. We have developed an ice-management system to ensure continuous operation, year-round, under extreme climatic conditions. This involves continuous analysis and forecasting of hydrometeorological conditions, together with ice-class vessels and icebreakers. Collaboration with Sovcomflot - whose 2 tankers have, for the past 6 years, allowed us to ensure reliable oil transportation from the Barents Sea to the Kola Bay - is a further important element in the successful implementation of the Prirazlomnoye project", said Sergey Chigai, CEO of Gazprom Neft Shelf.

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