Sakhalin II LNG carriers named

Today a Nagasaki based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. shipyard has hosted the naming ceremony for two Sakhaklin II LNG carriers to be called Grand Elena and Grand Aniva, accordingly. Taking part in the ceremony was a Gazprom delegation headed by Stanislav Tsygankov, Head of the Company’s International Business Department.

“Today’s event is another crucial step towards securing timely start-up of Russian LNG supply to buyers in Japan, Korea and on the US West Coast. Additionally, this also fosters the execution of a Gazprom strategy aimed at by-stage entry to the global LNG market,” noted Stanislav Tsygankov.


The Sakhalin II project is the world’s largest comprehensive oil and gas project, with the licensed reserves amounting to around 4 bboe.

Grand Elena and Grand Aniva are ice-strengthened vessels designed to operate in low temperatures. The vessel construction will enable to effectuate all-year-round deliveries of hydrocarbons from Russia’s first LNG plant currently under construction in the settlement of Prigorodnoye, southern Sakhalin Island.

The LNG carriers, each with a 145,000 cu m capacity, are contracted over a long-term by Sakhalin Energy for LNG supply to the Asia-Pacific region.

Information Directorate, OAO Gazprom

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