Port of Ust-Luga

From Global Energy Monitor

Port of Ust-Luga has four 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 JSC Rosterminalugol.


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 four coal terminals, each of which is described below. In 2020, the four terminals handled approximately 37 million tonnes of coal in total.


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.[1][2] 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.[3][4] 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).[5]

Yug-2 / NKT Terminal

The Yug-2 terminal, also called the NKT terminal, was built as a multi-purpose cargo terminal in 2011.[6] In 2019, the terminal handled 3.1 million tonnes of coal,[7] 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).[6]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] In 2019, the terminal handled 5.1 million tonnes of cargo in total.[7] In 2020, the terminal handled 4.8 million tonnes, including 4.4 million tonnes of coal.[11]

ULCT Terminal

The ULCT Terminal began operations in 2018. In 2019, it handled 899,000 tonnes of cargo.[7]

Project Details

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

Articles and Resources


  1. АО "Ростерминалуголь", Youtube, Apr. 15, 2019
  2. "Rosterminalugol" SUEK AG homepage, accessed September 2, 2011.
  3. Стивидорная деятельность, JSC Rosterminalugol, Accessed November 2021
  4. Марина Юршина, «Ростерминалуголь» отгрузил 220 млн тонн угля, Profile, Feb. 19, 2021
  5. Грузооборот АО «Ростерминалуголь» в 2020 году вырос на 8,2%, Port News, Jan. 12, 2021
  6. 6.0 6.1 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
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 В портах российской Балтики отмечен опасный тренд, RBC, Jan. 17, 2020
  8. Перегрузочный комплекс «Русхимальянса» в Усть-Луге «Юг-2» может прекратить перевалку угля, Morvesti, Sep. 27, 2021
  9. Теперь официально: Илья Трабер продал терминал "Юг-2" компании "Русхимальянс", 47News, Oct. 8, 2021
  10. Профиль УПК, UPK, Accessed November 2021
  11. Грузооборот УПК (Усть-Луга) в 2020 году снизился на 6,6%, Port News, Feb. 1, 2021

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