Sovcomflot takes part in Sakhalin Oil & Gas Conference 2018

A delegation from SCF Group headed by Evgeniy Ambrosov, Senior Executive Vice-President, took part in the 22nd annual Sakhalin Oil & Gas Conference, which was held in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on 27-29 September 2018 with the support of SCF.

Traditionally, the key theme of the conference was the innovative and effective development of oil and gas projects in Sakhalin and the Russian Far East as a whole. The event was attended by representatives of large oil & gas companies operating in the region, whose projects have been successfully served by Sovcomflot's vessels for many years. Conference participants and sponsors included Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Rosneft, Sakhalin Energy, Exxon Neftegas, Shell, and others. Also, amongst speakers were: Kirill Molodtsov, Assistant to the Head of Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation; Oleg Kozhemyako, Governor of Sakhalin Region; Ilya Trunin, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation; Pavel Zavalny, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Energy; Alexander Gladkov, Director of Oil and Gas Production and Transportation Department of the Russian Ministry of Energy.


At the conference, as in previous years, Evgeniy Ambrosov moderated the session entitled “Transport infrastructure, maritime shipping and shipbuilding". His report was dedicated to the long-term development strategy of Sovcomflot and the company's participation in transport and logistics solutions for major industrial oil & gas projects, including Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2. Mr Ambrosov briefly described the development path of Sovcomflot, which celebrated the 30th anniversary of its foundation this year. "Thanks to a well-chosen development strategy and innovative economic model, over the past 30 years Sovcomflot has been transformed from a mid-sized shipping company into a world leader in energy shipping, including transportation in the most challenging climatic and ice navigation conditions," noted Mr Ambrosov. 

He stressed that Sovcomflot has been expanding its participation in Sakhalin oil & gas projects year after year. The servicing of offshore platforms on the north-eastern shelf of Sakhalin Island was one of the most important components of this work. At present the Group is a global leader in ice-breaking platform supply vessels. The company's fleet in this segment includes 10 vessels, all of which are employed on the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 projects. Mr Ambrosov reminded delegates that in 2017-2018 SCF's fleet was augmented with four state-of-the-art supply vessels: Gennadiy Nevelskoy; Stepan Makarov; Fedor Ushakov and Yevgeny Primakov, which are serving the Sakhalin-2 project. He noted that Sovcomflot was consistently continuing the renewal of the fleet involved in this project. Next spring, the shuttle tankers Sakhalin Island and Governor Farkhutdinov will be replaced with the more advanced tankers, Zaliv Baikal and Zaliv Vostok, which are of the same type as the tanker Zaliv Aniva already engaged on the project. 

In his speech Mr Ambrosov emphasized that today Sovcomflot is a leader in the implementation of "green technologies" in maritime transport. "Sovcomflot was the first in the global shipping industry to decide to develop, in partnership with Shell, build and put into service ice-class Aframax tankers specially designed to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG)," he said. This summer, the first new generation Aframax tanker, Gagarin Prospect, was accepted into service and started operating under a long-term charter agreement with Shell. 

"This is the lead ship in a series of "green" tankers. It is gratifying that their construction will soon be localised in Russia. On 11 September, during the 4th Eastern Economic Forum, Sovcomflot signed a set of agreements with Rosneft, Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex and VEB Group. The agreements provide for placing orders with Zvezda for two "green" Aframax tankers, with the support of VEB-Leasing, which will finance the construction of the tankers, with a subsequent 20-year time charter for these vessels agreed with Rosneft," Mr Ambrosov reminded delegates. 

As part of the visit to Sakhalin, at the port of Kholmsk Mr Ambrosov, together with Roman Almakaev, Head of the Offshore Fleet Management and Development Division at PAO Sovcomflot, and Konstantin Dudarev, Director of SCF Management Services Sakhalin, visited two SCF ships serving the Sakahlin-2 project - Yevgeny Primakov and SCF Endurance. The visit included discussions with ship crews devoted to adherence of the highest safety standards and best health, safety and environmental practices. Such meetings with crews are part of the traditional practice of SCF management and help meet the high requirements of charterers. 

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Sovcomflot Group (SCF Group) is one of the world's leading shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as the servicing of offshore oil and gas exploration and production. The company’s own and chartered fleet includes 147 vessels with a total deadweight of 12.7 million tonnes. 79 vessels have an ice class. 

Sovcomflot is involved in servicing large oil and gas projects in Russia and around the world: Sakhalin-1; Sakhalin-2; Varandey; Prirazlomnoye; Novy Port; Yamal LNG, and Tangguh (Indonesia). The company is headquartered in Saint Petersburg, with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai.