Russian shipping company SCF Group says its ice-class LNG carrier Pskov has loaded the first cargo of LNG from Yamal LNG’s second train in the Russian Arctic.
The vessel loaded the cargo on August 9th at the Port of Sabetta, home to the Yamal LNG plant, before sailing westward bound for Europe via the Northern Sea Route. Current ice conditions will allow the vessel to proceed without icebreaking assistance, the company said.
The cargo is the first to be loaded from the second production train at Yamal. Yamal LNG’s first train commenced LNG production in the fourth quarter 2017 with the loading of the inaugural tanker on 8 December 2017.
To date, 47 LNG cargoes have been loaded at Yamal LNG with more than 3.5 million tons produced from the project, according to the project’s website.
“Using the experience of the first LNG train, we have managed to complete construction and commissioning of the second train significantly ahead of schedule” according to Yamal LNG General Director Evgeny Kot. “The first LNG from the second train dropped on the 21st July, just 8.5 days after the first natural gas was input into the train. Currently, the second LNG train is working at its rated nameplate capacity, and has already produced more than 250 thousand tons of LNG during its initial commissioning.”