Gazpromneft Maine Bunker — operator of the Gazprom Neft bunkering business — has begun selling a hybrid marine fuel with a sulphur content of less than 0.5 percent.
This new fuel is fully compliant with the requirements of the international MARPOL-2020 convention. Thanks to the bunkering business’ developed terminal infrastructure, together with the technological upgrading of its refining facilities, Gazprom Neft will be able to meet the growing demand for environmentally friendly marine fuels on the Russian market.
The formulation for this RMG-80 M-type hybrid fuel has been developed by specialists at Gazprom Neft. Ultra-low-sulphur and dark oil products were used as components which, when mixed, make it possible to obtain a low-sulphur product, compliant with international environmental standards. Following testing, this fuel has been certified as compliant with Eurasian Economic Union requirements.
Gazprom Neft is now delivering this new bunkering fuel to ports in Russia’s north—West Region — including St Petersburg, Primorsk, Ust-Luga, Murmansk and Archangelsk, as well as the Port of Novorossiysk.
«With the introduction of new International Maritime Organisation (IMO) requirements, marine-fuel suppliers’ product portfolios will have to be diversified. Marine fuel with sulphur content of less than 0.5-percent, moreover, will become the biggest-selling fuel, with a market share of at least 40 percent. High-quality products, meeting the new requirements, together with our own infrastructure and industry expertise mean Gazprom Neft can meet the demand for high-efficiency, environmentally friendly marine fuels».Alexei Medvedev CEO, Gazpromneft-Marine Bunker
Gazprom Neft’s marine fuels portfolio includes petroleum products for various types of marine engines and navigation zones. Gazprom Neft’s Omsk Refinery has been producing environmentally friendly ultra-low-sulphur marine fuel — a product unique to the domestic market — since 2017. This fuel contains less than 0.1 percent sulphur, and is intended for use throughout SECA-controlled zones. The full-scale modernisation of the company’s Moscow and Omsk refineries will, in 2020, facilitate the production of a low-sulphur