STI Heritage scorpio tanker north sea route

The Scorpio-managed ship, STI Heritage is a 73,956 dwt ice class 1A Panamax tanker. In 2011, she transited the North Sea Route with a cargo of 61,000 tons of stable gas concentrate produced by Novatek's Purovsky Gas Condensate Processing Plant in the Russian arctic.

MOSCOW (Dow Jones)–Russian independent natural gas producer OAO Novatek (NVTK.RS) shipped nine cargos or more than 600,000 metric tons of stable gas condensate via the Northern Sea Route to China and other Asia Pacific markets in 2011, the company said Wednesday.

In September 2010, Novatek sent its first icebreaker with stable gas condensate via Russia’s Arctic waters to the Chinese port of Ningbo. The company has signed a deal with Russia’s state nuclear icebreaker fleet, Atomflot, to secure stable supplies through the Northern Sea Route from the Yamal LNG project–a joint project with France’s Total SA (TOT).

“The use of the Northern Sea Route for hydrocarbon transportation is an integral part of our logistical strategy to develop prospective fields in the Yamal peninsula,” Novatek said in its full year financial results published Wednesday.

-By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen, Dow Jones Newswires

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