One of the world’s largest LNG export terminals, Novatek’s Yamal LNG in the Russian arctic, reports it has shipped 10M tonnes of LNG since its first train opened on 5 December 2017.
The cargo was loaded onto Arc7 ice-class tanker Vladimir Vize, one of 15 LNGCs chartered by Russia’s Novatek to transport LNG across the Northern Sea Route to Asia in the summer and west to Europe all year long without the aid of an icebreaker.
The 15 dual-fuel diesel-electric Arc7 ice-class LNGCs were ordered from South Korea’s DSME, which has delivered eight of the ships thus far. The last of the ships, Yakov Gakkel, should be delivered to operator Teekay on 28 February 2020. The ships can operate at speeds of 5.5 knots in ice 1.5-m thick.
Yamal LNG has three trains with a total capacity of 17.4 mta of LNG, using hydrocarbon resources from the South Tambeyskoye field in the Russian Arctic.
Among the shareholders in Yamal LNG are Novatek (50.1%), Total (20%), CNPC (20%), and the Silk Road Fund (9.9%).
News of the milestone at Yamal LNG comes as Novatek’s 19.8-mta Arctic LNG 2 project moves closer to FID. Yamal LNG signed a contract with Siemens to supply three feed gas compressors and six boil-off gas compressors for the three LNG trains.
Each of the three LNG trains at Arctic LNG 2 will have a capacity of 6.6 mta each, using gravity-based structure platforms. It is based on the hydrocarbon resources of the Utrenneye field. An FID for the project is expected mid-year.
“Siemens and Novatek have a successful working relationship as they supplied gas turbine generators and boil-off gas compressors for our Yamal LNG plant,” says Novatek first deputy chairman of the management board Alexander Fridman.
“Our next project, Arctic LNG 2, will utilise new technological solutions and employ domestic manufacturers,” says Mr Fridman.