The Yamal LNG project has involved the construction of an LNG plant with a capacity of 16.5 million tonnes per year at the resource base of the Yuzhno-Tambeiskoe field, and creation of a corresponding unique transport and technological infrastructure for the year-round export of LNG to consumers. The LNG plant and export terminal were planned to be completed in 2017.
In order to ensure safe year-round shipping of gas to the markets of the Asia-Pacific region and Western Europe, the operator of the Yamal LNG project plans to use a fleet of 15 LNG carriers, each with a cargo capacity of 172,600 cubic metres and with Arctic ice class (Arc 7). The time schedule for bringing the LNG plant to full operational capacity foresees the delivery of new vessels, from 2016 until 2020.
OAO Yamal LNG held an international tender between eight leading shipping companies, all of whom had the requisite experience and qualifications to operate LNG tankers. As part of the tender process, a shortlist was created, of PAO Sovcomflot (Russia), Teekay (Canada) in partnership with CLNG (China), and MOL (Japan) in partnership with CLNG (China). It was accepted that the only company with the relevant experience in the year-round operation of shuttle tankers in the Arctic and sub-Arctic Seas was Russia’s Sovcomflot, gained from the Sakhalin-1, Sakhalin-2, Varandey and Prirazlomnoye projects. In February 2014 Sovcomflot signed a ship-building contract and time charter agreement for a prototype vessel to be delivered in 2016. In September 2014 the steel-cutting ceremony was held for a pilot LNG carrier for the Yamal LNG project.
|Arctic LNG carrier for the Yamal LNG project |
|Length: ||299 metres |
|Width: ||50 metres |
|Freshwater draft: ||12 metres |
|Capacity and type of propulsion system: ||3х15 megawatts, diesel-electric ship with three rudder propellers. |
|Ice-breaking capability: ||Up to 2.1m in floe ice when navigating stern-first. |