Chinese shipyard Wison Offshore and Marine has completed four modules to make up the first liquefaction Train at the Arctic LNG II export plant being developed on the Gydan Peninsula in northern Siberia and the equipment was scheduled to be shipped during September.
Shanghai-based Wison said the modules for the first Train weigh a combined 50,000 tons and took two years to build at the Zhoushan yard in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang for the Arctic project owned by Russian natural gas company Novatek and investors from Europe and Asia.
Wison noted that each of the three production Trains ordered will have annual nameplate production capacity of 6.6 million tonnes for a combined 19.8 mtpa. The Chinese company said the equipment within the three Trains includes about 150,000 tons of pipe rack modules and in total 21 modules will be shipped under the design, procurement, construction and commissioning contract.
“Construction of the Arctic LNG II Trains began at the Zhoushan yard in September 2019 and the company overcame multiple challenges and difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and extreme weather to execute this project,” said Wison. “Against stringent requirements on material selection and construction quality for polar equipment, Wison has fulfilled its task to the satisfaction of its client and the smooth delivery of this project is more proof that ‘Made in China’ is the most reliable part of the global supply chain.”
The main engineering, procurement and construction company on the site is TechnipEnergies, formerly part of the TechnipFMC group before the completion of this year’s spin-off. The project is utilizing the construction concept of gravity-based structure platforms to reduce overall capital cost and reduce the environmental footprint in the Arctic zone of Russia.
The Utrenneye gas field underpinning the LNG project has reserves totalling 1,434 billion cubic metres of natural gas and 90 million tons of liquids.
The engineering plan is to drop the GBS platforms into the Gulf of Ob and other infrastructure will include LNG storage facilities of a combined 687,000 cubic metres capacity.
Novatek holds 60 percent of the Arctic LNG II project and four other 10 percent stakes are shared between various shareholder, including TotalEnergies of France. The others are the Chinese energy majors, China National Petroleum Corp. and China National Offshore Oil Corp., as well as a Japanese shareholding split between trading house Mitsui & Co and the state body, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp.