Japan has received the first delivery of Liquefied Natural Gas, or LNG, from Europe via the Northern Sea Route. This was the announcement given by Russian gas giant Gazprom who operates the tanker that delivered the LNG.
The carrier, Ob River, traveled without incident and arrived on schedule at a re-gasification terminal at a port in Tobata, Japan. It left carrying the LNG cargo from Hammerfest, Norway on November 7. From November 9 to 18, it was accompanied by two Russian nuclear powered icebreakers. The tanker previously made a journey from Japan to Europe last October carrying on empty. According to Gazprom, these two successful voyages have proved the technical and commercial stability of transporting liquefied natural gas via the Northern Sea Route.
The Northern Sea Route is a shipping lane from the west side of the continent in the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific side and runs along Russia’s Arctic coast. It starts from the Russian port city of Murmansk on the Barents Sea, travels along Siberia, and passes through the Bering Strait before finally arriving in the Pacific Far East. The Ob River’s voyage is a milestone in setting the grounds for utilizing the Northern Sea Route for transporting LNG not only to the Asia-Pacific region but also to Europe. Gazrprom already has an LNG plant on its Sakhalin Island on the Pacific coast and has expressed wishes to build more on the European side of Russia.
[ via Rianovosti ]
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