On 12 December 2008, the first crude oil cargo from the Molikpaq platform, Russia’s first offshore platform installed by Sakhalin-2, was loaded onto an LNG carrier at the Port of Prigorodnoye.
Switching to year-round oil export was a landmark event within the construction phase of the Sakhalin-2 Project and part of the transfer to the project’s operation phase. That was preceded by oil production and export limited to approximately six months of the ice-free summer period. To launch year-round export of hydrocarbons, Sakhalin Energy built a trans-Sakhalin pipeline system connecting three oil and gas production platforms off North-East Sakhalin with the Oil Export Terminal and Prigorodnoye Port.
“The year-round export, which became possible after all the oil components of the project, including the Tanker Loading Unit, have been commissioned, contributed to successful completion of Project Phase 2, including its gas component", said Roman Dashkov, Sakhalin Energy CEO and Chairman of the Committee of Executive Directors. ‒ Our buyers developed a robust understanding that the company was well prepared to be a reliable premier energy source for Asia-Pacific. Over the past ten years, Sakhalin Energy has maintained a high reputation in the market, which continues presenting opportunities for attracting new customers.”
The company approached its anniversary with good results, including the average daily oil and condensate production of >15,000 tonnes. Crude oil from Sakhalin-2 is shipped to buyers by Aframax ice-class tankers of up-to-date design, with special focus on the process and environmental safety aspects of the shipments.
Governor Farkhutdinov oil tanker
12 December 2018