Total export volumes of ARCO and Novy Port crude produced by Gazprom Neft in the Russian Arctic have reached 50 million tonnes since 2013, with the most recent consignment, shipped at the end of April from the Umba terminal-tanker in the Kola Bay, having now been delivered to customers in north-west Europe.
Total cumulative Arctic oil exports are now comparable to the capacity of 1.5 million road tankers which, if laid end-to-end, would exceed the entire circumference of the Arctic Circle — some 16,000 kilometres.
2020 saw the company expand its traditional European export routes by supplying oil from the Novoportovskoye field to partners in China for the first time. Gazprom Neft is committed to further developing supplies of its ARCO and Novy Port blends to the Asia—Pacific region — the largest centre for oil consumption in the world.
The company has put in place a unique transport and logistics strategy to guarantee year-round deliveries from its Arctic fields. Novy Port crude is shipped from the Arctic Gates oil loading terminal in the Gulf of Ob. ARCO crude is shipped from the Prirazlomnaya platform in the Barents Sea, some 60 kilometres offshore. Deliveries of oil to the Umba road transhipment facility are made by reinforced ice-class tankers, accompanied by the cutting-edge Andrey Vilkitsky and Alexander Sannikov icebreakers, with all traffic control being managed through the digital Kapitan system developed by Gazprom Neft specialists.
“Thanks to its own proprietary digital systems and longstanding, reliable partnerships with key customers, Gazprom Neft has been able to maintain its export volumes under the challenges of 2020, with all contractual obligations being met in full. A reliable logistics strategy for delivering unique-quality Arctic blends is helping Gazprom Neft win the trust and confidence of its European partners. But we are not just supplying products to a wide pool of regular customers: the company is confidently developing markets to supply — specifically buyers in China and other countries of the Asia-Pacific region — independently.”Vadim Simdyakin Head, Logistics and Oil Operations Directorate, Gazprom Neft
Gazprom Neft subsidiary Gazprom Neft Trading GmbH is responsible for marketing the company’s Arctic oil on the international markets, and for chartering delivery tankers.