JSC Yamal LNG, the operating company of the liquefaction and export plant in northern Siberia, has been awarded renewed safety certificates after an audit by the British Standards Institution (BSI) while the facility also completed scheduled maintenance of two Trains.
The certificates were renewed for compliance of the Integrated Management System on Occupational Health, Safety, Environmental and Social Protection (IMS) with requirements of the international standards ISO 45001:2018 “occupational health and safety” and ISO 14001:2015 “environmental management”.
“Based on the objective evidence collected during the audit between June 10 and June 17, 2020, the British Standards Institution), an international certification authority, confirmed Yamal LNG’s IMS compliance with these international standards,” said a statement.
The certificates are now valid until 24 December 2020.
JSC Yamal LNG has been officially certified for international standards since June 2014.
In July 2018 the scope of certification was expanded and in June 2020 a certification audit was completed for the new version of ISO 45001:20.
Yamal recently completed the scheduled maintenance of the second and third liquefaction Trains with consecutive shutdowns during May to mid-June 2020.
In addition to regular maintenance works, the plant upgraded its the absorbers at the mercury removal units as well as some other equipment.
Yamal also said that due to the successful implementation of a Risk Based Inspection (RBI) maintenance system, the scheduled maintenance of the first liquefaction Train is able to be postponed for one year from August 2020 to 2021.
The RBI methodology allows reliable operations of the plant while reducing the total number of service hours.
When the supplementary Train starts up in several months overall output at Yamal will be 17.4 million tonnes per annum.
The small-scale fourth Train will produce 900,000 tonnes of LNG compared with the three larger Trains, which each have capacity of 5.5 MTPA.
A total of 29 nations have received Yamal LNG since the plant came on stream at the end of 2017.
The Yamal LNG shareholders are Russian natural gas company Novatek (50.1 percent), French major Total (20 percent), China National Petroleum Corp. (20 percent) and China’s Silk Road equity fund (9.9 percent).