⅓ of all sales of environmentally friendly fuel occurred at ports in the Baltic Sea, Barents Sea and White Sea - Gazprom Neft having enhanced its fleet in Murmansk and Archangelsk by relocating its Gazpromneft Nord-East bunkering vessel from St Petersburg in order to service seagoing vessels covering Arctic projects and the Northern Sea Route.
Gazprom Neft’s bunkering-fuel portfolio includes high-quality, environmentally friendly petroleum products for various types of marine engines and navigation zones - i.e., hybrid fuel developed by Gazpromneft Marine Bunker specialists, as well as products from the Omsk Refinery, including ultra-low-sulphur and low-sulphur fuels, production of which increased in 2020.
Alexey Medvedev, Director General of Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, said:
- The MARPOL regulations that came into force in early 2020 have changed the fuel landscape for the entire shipping industry: instead of traditional heavy marine oil - mazut, petroleum products with a sulphur content below 0.5% are increasingly in demand
- Investments in modernising refining had been planned well in advance at Gazprom Neft, meaning the Omsk Refinery could start producing environmentally friendly fuels ahead of this, covering the growing demand for petroleum products meeting high ecological standards
December 2020 saw construction of Russia’s 1st LNG bunkering vessel, the Dmitry Mendeleev, go into its final stages, with the vessel being put to sea ahead of final fitting out and installation works. This Gazprom Neft bunkering vessel is expected to be fully commissioned in the 2nd half of 2021.