Gazpromneft Marine Bunker increases capacity at its St Petersburg terminal by a third
Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, operator of the Gazprom Neft bunkering business, has completed works on expanding production capacity at its fuel storage and handling terminal within the grounds of the Kirovsky Zavod, St Petersburg, and has extended the agreement allowing its usage of the terminal until 2022. Following the installation of a 4,000-square meter capacity floating tank, total reservoir capacity at the terminal has increased by 30 percent, to 16,100 cubic metres.
Loading of marine (bunkering) fuels onto vessels will now take place from two landing stages (berths), equipped to accept vessels with a keel depth (or “draught”) of up to 6.2 metres and lengths of up to 130 metres. Work on increasing terminal capacity, undertaken in conjunction with the Kirovsky Zavod, included dredging around the second berth, its reconstruction, and the installation of a pipeline system together with bunkering facilities for the transhipment of fuels from bulk-storage vessels into tankers.
Andrei Vasiliev, CEO, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, commented: “Developing our terminal facilities is one of the priorities reflected in our company’s development strategy. Modernisation and expansion of the St Petersburg terminal increases opportunities for our company in the transhipment of fuels in Russia’s strategically important North—West region, as well as allowing improvements in the quality and timeliness of services offered to customers.”
Gazpromneft Terminal SPb is a subsidiary of Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, established in 2009. The company manages an oil products storage and distribution facility (“tank farm”) located in the grounds of the Kirovsky Zavod plant in St Petersburg, together with two landing stages (berths) for the transhipment of oil products onto vessels. The terminal is capable of handling more than 750,000 tonnes of marine fuels every year.