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Christophe de Margerie Loads First Cargo from Third Train Yamal LNG

December 14, 2018

Ice-breaking LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie. Photo: Sovcomflot

The Arctic LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie, owned and operated by Sovcomflot, loaded the first batch of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced at the third train of Yamal LNG plant, at the Port of Sabetta on the Yamal Peninsula.

Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian Prime Minister, initiated the start of cargo operations via a video conference with the vessel’s Master Sergey Zybko.

Dmitry Medvedev congratulated Yamal LNG on reaching full production capacity and noted:“This is a significant milestone for the entire Russian gas industry and, of course, for our international partners, and for international cooperation in the energy sector. For half a century, our country has been successfully cooperating with its European neighbours in the natural gas sector; now we are making forays into Asian markets. "

"Yamal LNG is a significant confirmation of the reliability of our partnership with other states – in this case, with France and China. It is also important that Yamal LNG will stimulate the development of transnational infrastructure, initially of the Northern Sea Route – the transport corridor connecting Europe and Asia," he added.

Christophe de Margerie is an icebreaking LNG carrier ordered, designed and built for Sovcomflot to transport LNG for Yamal LNG year-round in the challenging ice conditions of the Kara Sea and Gulf of Ob.

The vessel is capable of sailing independently through ice of up to 2.1 metres thick. She was assigned an Arc7 ice class, the highest amongst existing merchant vessels. The power capacity of Christophe de Margerie’s propulsion system is 45 MW, a capacity comparable to that of a modern nuclear icebreaker.

The propulsion system includes three Azipod units, which provide a high ice-breaking capability and manoeuvrability. Christophe de Margerie became the world’s first merchant vessel with a high ice class to have three Azipod units installed.

In December 2017, Christophe de Margerie has safely transported the first cargo of LNG produced at Yamal LNG plant. Up until now, the vessel has completed 16 voyages for Yamal LNG and delivered 1.2 million tonnes of LNG.

In August 2018, the first cargo of LNG from the second Yamal LNG train was also transported by a Sovcomflot vessel – the LNG carrier Pskov.

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