Russia is studying the possibility of supplying up to 200 thousand tons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) per year to Syria via terminals in the Crimean port of Kerch, the media says referring to traders.
according to them, the story is about the supply of LPG of the largest in Russia producer and exporter of liquefied natural gas – "SIBUR" - through the mediation of state-owned companies, reports Reuters. Commissioner of SIBUR denied participation in such schemes." SIBUR did not conduct and does not conduct trading operations with the Syrian government or private companies." SIBUR does not provide and conducts dialogues on the supply of LPG in the specified country, and among them under any government programs, " he said.
within the Kerch commercial sea port (ICC), there are four LPG transshipment terminal with a total capacity of over 2 million tonnes per year: AEGAZ-terminal with a capacity of 750 thousand Tons per year, TPP-Terminal (720 thousand Tons), UVAS-gasservice (600 thousand Tons) and Hermes oil (200 thousand Tons). 3 of the 4 terminals previously worked direct option handling (tank-ship) and only AEGAZ-terminal had a small storage capacity of LPG. Each of these terminals has announced plans for capacity expansion handling or construction of tanks for storage of LPG. However, after the reunification of the Crimea with Russia in March 2014 and entering of penalties relative to Kerch ICC last summer about possible ways of development of the terminals had to forget. Now only work occasionally two LPG transshipment terminal in Kerch - TPP-Terminal and UVAS-gasservice, shipping one or two small tankers per month deadweight 1. 500-3 thousand Tons, said one of participants of the market. According to him, the possibility of LPG deliveries to Syria through the terminal in Kerch, and not through Another black sea port of Taman in the Krasnodar region - seems logical." Taman working with European buyers, while through the Kerch it is quite logical to work to those countries who are indifferent to punishment EU against Russia) ", - he said. At the same time Complex logistics of supply and the lack of a bridge between mainland Russia and Crimea makes the Prospects of development of terminals misty." Complex supply logistics is the application of a ferry crossing in the port of Caucasus to Kerch, then drain in a tanker and shipped. The prospects of the terminals are identical to the whole of the Crimea - the development will not, until you don't build a bridge, " added the trader. Another market participant said that without government support or guarantee to intensify the work of an idle terminal in Kerch will not work." unverified information on the revitalization of the terminal in Kerch went before, but without the support of government (RF) or guarantee is impossible, " said the trader. Some market participants questioned the need for 200 thousand Tons of LPG per year for the Syrian market, But others consider this volume is quite acceptable, emphasizes the Agency. LPG in the Syrian Arab Republic is used in the form of autotopia and for household needs. According to the calculations of one of the traders, now to ship from Kerch to Syria to 200 thousand Tons per year is not really as due to the difficult logistics, and due to the limited number of tankers that are willing to work through Kerch. According to Reuters calculations, based on data of customs statistics, Russia exported in 2014 5, 19 million tons of LPG, as well as among them in Turkey - 1, 121 million tons