LUKOIL put into operation Russia’s first non-self-propelled floating filling station (NEF), designed for small fleets, in particular, boats, yachts, small fishing vessels.
The station was designed for the Company in the Astrakhan Central Design Bureau and built at the Astrakhan shipbuilding plant. The refinery was built as part of the Company’s program for the construction of environmentally friendly modern floating filling stations.
The station consists of two block sections. The first one is the energy one, where the operator’s premises and the warehouse-store are located. The second one is intended for bunkering (filling up) of a small-size fleet and is equipped with four cargo tanks designed for three types of fuel, with a total volume of 57.2 m3 and three fuel-dispensing columns.
The design of the station, its technological and environmental equipment fully meet the requirements of the Russian River Register for the prevention of pollution from ships. The first refinery, LUKOIL, was installed in Astrakhan in the Volga Delta — an area of intensive shipping of small fleets.
Considering the number of small motor boats in Russia, fuel trade using special floating craft is one of the promising areas of the petroleum product sales market.
In the future it is planned to build a series of such stations and their installation in reservoirs of St. Petersburg, Samara, Saratov.