Gazprom’s LNG ship for Kaliningrad moves to Europe instead

The regasification ship Marshal Vasilevsky, owned by Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom and responsible for ensuring Kaliningrad’s gas security, is off the coast of Denmark and heading for the Port of Rotterdam, RBC reports, citing the Marine Traffic database.

In February 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin commissioned a coastal terminal to accept liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Kaliningrad. The new terminal can meet nearly all the gas demand of the Russian exclave. At the end of last year, the South Korean-built vessel Marshal Vasilevsky docked in Kaliningrad.

The alternative gas supply system cost Gazprom roughly $1.34 billion.

Sources in the gas sector and close to Gazprom said that the ship was being moved for testing or to be leased out to reduce losses during downtime. One source speculated that Gazprom could be using the vessel as an LNG tanker.

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