Combi Lift delivers Damen tugs for Gazprom plant in Russia’s Far East

PORT OF ROTTERDAM: Germany heavylift associates Combi Lift and SAL Heavy Lift have delivered eight new tugs built by the Dutch Damen Shipyard Group to the port of De-Kastri in Russia’s Far East.

The four Amur River tugs and four Zeya River shallow draft tugs are part of a 19-vessel order placed by Combi Lift last year with Damen to transport oversized and heavy lift cargo for the Gazprom Amur Gas Processing Plant Project in Svobodny.

Gazprom, The Linde Group, Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk and NIPIGAS will use the shipments as part of the project’s construction process  that when complete is expected supply gas from Russia’s eastern Siberian gas fields to China by 2024.

Between 2018 and 2022 Combi Lift will be responsible for transporting a total of 176,000 tonnes of project cargo from ports in Europe and Korea for transfer to barges on the sheltered inner anchorage at the port of De-Kastri.

The Damen shallow draft pusher tugs will then be used to tow the barges during ice-free periods up the Amur and Zeya Rivers to Svobodny for discharge and final mile delivery.

“We appreciate Damen’s professionalism, good teamwork and smooth handling of all production processes. A punctual and reliable delivery of the tugs was essential for the progress and success of this important project,” said Combi Lift CEO Heiko Felderhoff.

The Gazprom Project is one of the largest natural gas processing plants in the world with a capacity of 42 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year.