Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, operator of the Gazprom Neft bunkering business, occupies a leading position in the Russian bunkering market, with a market share of 16.6 percent. The business services bunkering vessels at all of the country’s main ports (including 20 sea and 14 river ports), as well as the ports of Constanta (Romania), Riga (Latvia) and Tallinn (Estonia). The company’s own fleet comprises 11 bunkering vessels. Gazpromneft Marine Bunker offers the widest geographic coverage in Russia, and works with leading Russian and international shipping companies.
Total annual sales of marine fuels were 3.29 million tonnes in 2017.
requirement in sulphur emission control areas (SECA)
the company’s market share in fuel bunkering in the Baltic
the potential market for environmentally friendly marine fuels
The Omsk Refinery began production of production of RMG-80 marine fuels, with a sulphur content of less than 0.1%, in 2017.
Thanks to its minimum sulphur content this product is suitable for use in emission control zones as defined under the MARPOL International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships. Such zones include the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the English Channel, and coastal waters in North America and the Caribbean Sea.
The technology for producing low-sulphur marine fuels through the catalytic cracking of hydrotreated vacuum gas oil was developed by specialists at the Omsk Refinery in 2016. The new brand formulation includes an additive that reduces the cold-flow temperature and prevents wax settlement in the fuel.
This new fuel has been well received, with the entire first consignment (of 48,000 tonnes) being sold in the first six months of it being available. Sales volumes are expected to increase to 102,000 tonnes in 2018.