Port of Ust-Luga

From Global Energy Monitor

Port of Ust-Luga has several coal terminals and is located in the southern part of Luga Bay of the Gulf of Finland, Baltic Sea, about 120 km from Saint-Petersburg in Northern Russia. The largest terminal is the Rosterminalugol, operated by Rosterminalugol JSC.


The map below shows the location of the Rosterminalugol terminal, the largest operating coal terminal at the Port of Ust-Luga.

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The Port of Ust-Luga consists of several coal terminals, each of which is described below. In 2020, the four terminals handled approximately 37 million tonnes of coal in total. In 2022, coal handling reached 38.5 million tonnes of coal.[1]


The Rosterminalugol terminal is one of the largest coal terminals in Russia. It began operations in 2006 with a capacity of 7 million tonnes per year and has 2 berths of 240 m in length.[2][3] The terminal has a fully automatic loading process. Rosterminalugol has steadily expanded its capacity and seen increased traffic volumes. In 2010, the port handled 7.5 million tonnes; in 2020, the port handled 26.5 million tonnes, the largest amount ever handled by a Russian coal terminal in a single year.[4][5] In 2020, the main recipients of coal from the terminal were the Netherlands (24%), Morocco (16%), Brazil (8%), Germany (8%), France and Spain (5% each, respectively).[6]

As of February 2022, Rosterminalugol was controlled by several private individuals Iskander Mahmudov, Andrey Bokarev and Andrey Kozitsyn, who are also behind Kuzbassrazrezugol. In 2022, new owner of the company become SpetsInvest JC with unknown beneficiaries.[7] However the ultimate ownership chain leads to Kuzbassrazrezugol and Ural Metals and Metallurgical Company. [8]

In 2022, the terminal handled 21.6 million tonnes of coal versus 24.4 million tonnes in 2021.[9]

Yug-2 / NKT Terminal

The Yug-2 terminal, also called the NKT terminal, was built as a multi-purpose cargo terminal in 2011.[10] In 2019, the terminal handled 3.1 million tonnes of coal,[11] which increased to 5 million tonnes in 2020, although the company operating the terminal still recorded a net loss for the year. The first owner of the terminal, Transport and Logistics Complex JSC, went bankrupt in 2017. The terminal was then taken over by New Communal Technologies (NKT), who transformed the terminal from a general cargo facility into a specialized coal terminal. NKT completed its purchase of the terminal asset in May 2021 for 233 million rubles (approximately US$3 million).[10]

In the first 9 months of 2021, the terminal handled 7.5 million tonnes of coal, 3.7 times more than the same period a year prior. However, in September 2021, NKT was purchased by Ruskhimalliance, which announced that it was no longer interested in handling coal at the Yug-2 Terminal.[12] NKT was purchased for approximately US$500 million. Rushkimalliance is owned by Gazprom and JSC Rusgazdobycha and already owns and operates a large natural gas liquefaction and transportation plant in Ust-Luga. It has plans to add LNG transshipment capabilities to the Yug-2 Terminal.[13] The new owners planned to use the facilities and the area for their new projects and not to handle coal. However in 2022 the terminal still handled 8.6 million tonnes, fulfilling the old contracts.[9]

A media report from May 2023 referred to the terminal as "under question" given the new market structure.[14]

UPK Terminal

The UPK Terminal is owned by LLC Universal Transshipment Complex, part of the PPK Group. The terminal has an annual capacity of 5.8 million tonnes per year.[15] In 2019, the terminal handled 5.1 million tonnes of cargo in total.[11] In 2020, the terminal handled 4.8 million tonnes, including 4.4 million tonnes of coal.[16] In 2021 and 2022, the terminal handled 4.2 and 3.9 million tonnes of coal, respectively.[9]

ULCT Terminal

The ULCT Terminal began operations in 2018. In 2019, it handled 899,000 tonnes of cargo.[11] It is part of Global Ports holding, where it holds 80% while the other 20% is owned by German company Eurogate.[17] The terminal handles dry bulk cargo such as fertilizers and coal with reported capacity of 3 million tonnes per annum, according to the company's website.[18] However it appears that this terminal did not handle any coal in 2022.[9] A media report from May 2023 referred to the terminal as "under question" given the new market structure.[14]

Ultramar Terminal

The new multifunctional transshipment terminal started operating in 2022 in the northern part of the Ust-Luga port, specializing in the storage and transhipment of mineral fertilizers, ore and metallurgical products, coal, and other bulk and general cargo. It handled 4 million tonnes of coal in 2022.[14][19]

Lugaport Terminal

Another new coal terminal launched in Ust-Luga port in 2022 Lugaport, owned by railcar operator Novotrans.[19] It shipped its first experimental cargo in August 2022.[19][20]

Project Details

  • Owner: Various
  • Location: Northern Russia
  • Coal Capacity (Million tonnes per annum): 41 (estimate for all terminals combined)
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Exports
  • Source of Coal:

Articles and Resources


  1. "Уголь: теперь с южным акцентом". portnews.ru. February 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. АО "Ростерминалуголь", Youtube, Apr. 15, 2019
  3. "Rosterminalugol" SUEK AG homepage, accessed September 2, 2011.
  4. Стивидорная деятельность, JSC Rosterminalugol, Accessed November 2021
  5. Марина Юршина, «Ростерминалуголь» отгрузил 220 млн тонн угля, Profile, Feb. 19, 2021
  6. Грузооборот АО «Ростерминалуголь» в 2020 году вырос на 8,2%, Port News, Jan. 12, 2021
  7. "Ростерминалуголь". www.forbes.ru. 2022. Retrieved November 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Новым бенефициарным владельцем УГМК стал сын бывшего главы МИД Узбекистана". www.forbes.ru. July 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "Уголь в минусе, но нефть - в прорыве. 47news раскрывает закрытую статистику порта Усть-Луги". 47news.ru. January 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Александр Лобановский, Компания Ильи Трабера установила контроль над вторым по величине угольным терминалом в порту Усть–Луга, акционером которого также является "Новотранс" Константина Гончарова., DP, May 25, 2021
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 В портах российской Балтики отмечен опасный тренд, RBC, Jan. 17, 2020
  12. Перегрузочный комплекс «Русхимальянса» в Усть-Луге «Юг-2» может прекратить перевалку угля, Morvesti, Sep. 27, 2021
  13. Теперь официально: Илья Трабер продал терминал "Юг-2" компании "Русхимальянс", 47News, Oct. 8, 2021
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "Эксперт: потенциал перевалки угля вырос в портах Тамань и Усть-Луга". morvesti.ru. May 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. Профиль УПК, UPK, Accessed November 2021
  16. Грузооборот УПК (Усть-Луга) в 2020 году снизился на 6,6%, Port News, Feb. 1, 2021
  17. "Чистая перевалка угля? Это без нас". 47news.ru. September 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. "Global Ports - НАВАЛОЧНЫЕ И НАСЫПНЫЕ ГРУЗЫ". www.globalports.com. Retrieved November 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 "Argus Russian Coal report". /www.argusmedia.com. December 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. "Универсальный терминал на Балтике". lugaport.com/. Retrieved November 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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