LNG tanker designs hold key to Russia’s Arctic gas reserves

Evolving LNG vessel designs and operating strategies could help industry players tap Russia’s huge Arctic resources by conquering the area’s extremely cold winters and icebound seas.Until now, ice has not been a significant factor in vessel design and operation. Even Russia’s Sakhalin II venture and the Snøhvit LNG project in Norway’s Barents Sea have required little adjustment for ice. But all this is likely to change if projects proposed for Russia’s Arctic coast and the Baltic Sea come to fruition.ProjectsIce is not, surprisingly, a serious issue at Snøhvit. Although the Melkøya Island loading port is above the Arctic Circle, shipping ...

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