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As Siberian gas awaits US landing, a second ship may be coming

Some of the liquefied natural gas aboard the tanker was probably produced by the Yamal LNG gas plant on the Arctic Circle in Russia.
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Some of the liquefied natural gas aboard the tanker was probably produced by the Yamal LNG gas plant on the Arctic Circle in Russia.

NEW YORK — A second tanker carrying Russian natural gas may be on the way to the United States, following a ship that’s sitting near Boston Harbor with a similar cargo.

The Gaselys tanker, which has been outside of Boston two days, carries liquefied natural gas produced in Siberia, according to vessel-tracking data. The ship, poised to dock at Engie SA’s Everett terminal, would be the first LNG shipment from anywhere other than Trinidad and Tobago in three years.

And Engie is poised to receive a second Russian cargo from northern France that may land in Massachusetts Feb. 15, according to Kpler SAS, a cargo-tracking company.

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The tankers would arrive at a time when New England is paying a hefty premium for supplies as pipeline capacity limits the flow of cheap shale gas from other parts of the country during winter, when demand is highest.

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The tanker Provalys was sailing to France’s Dunkirk terminal to pick up LNG Friday and unload some of it in Belgium before heading across the Atlantic, the cargo tracker said.

The Gaselys loaded its cargo near London, where another tanker had unloaded the Russian LNG. Engie bought the cargo on the spot market “due to the high natural gas demand during the recent record cold snap,” a spokeswoman said.

Spot gas for delivery on Enbridge’s Algonquin pipeline into New England jumped 28 percent Wednesday, to $15.17 per million BTU. after tripling the previous day, according to the Bloomberg assessed price. By contrast, the Dominion South Point spot price, a proxy for the country’s most prolific gas-producing region in Appalachia, was $2.79.