Murmansk Port Experiments with Screens to Control Coal Dust
Officials at the Murmansk Commercial Seaport are taking another shot at reducing the smog of soot that wafts into the city every time port workers load a ship full of coal bound for export to other countries. The “black attack,” as locals call the coal dust, has been a headache in Russia’s Arctic capital for as long as anyone can remember. In the winter it taints snow banks and ice, creating gray rivers of filth with every thaw. For the rest of the year, the coal paints a black crust on city windows and fouls the air. Local politicians have meanwhile petitioned Moscow to forbid the transfer of coal via Murmansk unless it is enclosed in something, instead of housing it in enormous heaps out in the open, but that has largely come to nothing, The problem has gotten so bad in recent years that Vladimir Putin himself last year said alleviating the coal dust in the air around Murmansk was one of his main priorities in a speech he gave in nearby Kaliningrad. https://www.maritime-executive.com/editorials/murmansk-port-experiments-with-screens-to-control-coal-dust
Novatek mulls 20 mil mt/year LNG transshipment terminal in Murmansk
Russian natural gas producer Novatek is considering building a 20 million mt/year transshipment terminal in the northern city of Murmansk, CEO Leonid Mikhelson said late Monday, in a move that could help it save on transporting LNG westward from its active and future LNG plants in the Arctic via the Northern Sea Route. The Murmansk terminal would mirror the transshipment terminal the company plans to build off the northeastern Kamchatka peninsula, to allow reloading LNG cargoes traveling east along the NSR onto regular tankers for onwards shipment to Asia to optimize transportation costs. “In Murmansk, we plan to build an analogous transshipment [terminal to the one in Kamchatka] also with the capacity of up to 20 million mt/year,” Mikhelson was quoted by Prime news agency as saying in the port of Sabetta, from where the company has been shipping LNG since December when it launched the first train of its first LNG plant, Yamal LNG. The Kamchatka terminal is expected to be launched in 2022 and has an option of doubling the capacity to 40 million mt/year, Novatek officials said earlier this year.
Construction of coal terminal Lavna, a project of STLK, begins at the port of Murmansk
Construction of coal transshipment facility Lavna, a project of State Transport Leasing Company (STLC), has begun at the port of Murmansk. As STLC told IAA PortNews, the ceremony of laying a foundation capsule at the construction site marking the beginning of the project implementation was attended by RF Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, Deputy Transport Minister – head of Federal Marine and River Transport Agency (Rosmorrechflot) Victor Olersky, Murmansk Region Governor Marina Kovtun, STLC Director General Sergey Khramagin.Upload News