Rosneft considers options of hydrocarbon shipment from the Taymyr Peninsula via NSR

Rosneft has announced a tender for development of justification for the optimal marine transportation system to ship hydrocarbons from the Taymyr Peninsula westwards. The deadline for tender submission is 24 January 2022.

The tender documentation provides for development of main technical solutions to establish an offshore oil transshipment terminal. Development of the optimal marine transportation system shall include three options of the terminal location taking into account priority ranking for hydrocarbon shipment from the Sever Bay westwards, including shipment via the Northern Sea Route. The offshore oil transshipment terminal shall be established in the Barents Sea water area.

The design contractor shall also take into account availability of offshore transshipment terminal No. 3 Belokamenka, located in the middle elbow of the Kola Bay near the Cape Belokamenny.  The following shall be included into the offshore oil transshipment terminal and its infrastructure:

– offshore berths for moorage of a storage tanker of min. 300,000 DWT, providing approach and mooring to its boards of shuttle tankers of up to 120,000 DWT (each shipment of approx. 125,000 m3) and transport tankers of up to 200,000 DWT for transshipment operations;

– water area for operations and approach channel.

It is planned to transport oil on NSR in ice-class shuttle tankers to the offshore transshipment terminal, with subsequent transshipment into storage tankers or conventional oil tankers for sea transportation to European oil transshipment terminals.

The ice conditions in the offshore transshipment terminal location shall allow year-round, round-the-clock transshipment of oil products from a storage tanker to an oil tanker without any assigned ice class (conventional). The approximate water area for two storage tankers is 66 ha.

The option with including offshore oil transshipment terminal No. 3 Belokamenka into the transportation system shall show cost benefit from using the terminal in transshipment under the project, to make a decision on using this terminal.

Besides that, Rosneft would like to receive a comparative analysis of options and offshore transshipment terminal location based on the following:

  • engineering feasibility;
  • cost evaluation;
  • risk analysis of facilities location, including legal risks taking into account the government policy in the Russian Arctic.

Rosneft has promised to ship 30 million tons of oil from the Vostok Oil project via NSR as early as in 2024. It is planned to ship oil from the port of Sever Bay under construction. A crude oil tank farm will be built in the port of Sever Bay to receive and store oil coming by a pipeline connecting the fields of the Vankorsky and Payakha clusters. It is expected that the project will provide for production, transfer and transportation of 50 million tons of oil per year under its first stage, and up to 100 million tons per year under its second stage.

Source and photo: Rosneft’s Press-Service

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