Lukoil: the northernmost terminal

LUKOIL's Varandey fixed offshore ice-resistant offloading terminal (SMLOP) has been entered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's northernmost year-round oil terminal.
SMLOP, worth 6.3 billion rubles, is located at 69 degrees 03 minutes 11 seconds North latitude and mooring at a depth of 17 meters in the Barents Sea, 22 kilometers off the coast of the Nenets Autonomous District.
The Varandey terminal is a structure with a height of over 50 m and a total weight of over 11,000 tons and consists of a support base with an accommodation module, a mooring and loading unit with a boom and a helipad.
The pier plays an important role for LUKOIL as it is used to load oil from the Timan-Pechora oil and gas bearing province.
The significance of Nenets Autonomous Okrug for LUKOIL only increases with time, as well as for other oil and gas companies in the context of the Arctic shelf.
That is why, despite objections, SMLOP was assigned to Naryan-Mar.
And this means big tax revenues, about 140 million rubles a year, into the NAO's treasury.
The throughput capacity of SMLOP is 12 million tons of oil a year.
The first shipment of oil was made on June 9, 2008.
As of October 28, 2011, 20.4 million tons of oil was loaded on 295 tankers.
The wharf is connected to two strings of 820 mm diameter underwater pipeline to pump oil from the 325,000 m3 onshore tank farm.
The SMLOP was built at the LUKOIL-Kaliningradmorneft construction metalware plant.


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