ABB Wins LNG Carrier Electric Power & Propulsion Contract

By George Backwell
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Yamal Arctic LNG carrier: Image ABB/Novatek

ABB inform that its technology will power ice-going LNG carriers carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Siberia to Europe and Asia, having  secured a contract to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for the first of 16 Yamal LNG carriers.

The contract, which includes options to equip 15 further vessels, is part of a project to transport LNG from the Yamal peninsula in Northwest Siberia to Asia and Europe. The order was booked in the first quarter.

A consortium of partners, headed by Russian gas producer Novatek, have joined the Yamal project to open up gas from the Yamal peninsula, which is located inside the Arctic Circle and locked in ice for most of the year.

ABB explain that the LNG will be shipped out of Sabetta port using the new 170,000m3 LNG carriers built to ice- breaking capability of ARC 7, an ice-class scale that goes up to 9. Shipment will be made to Asia via the Northern Sea Route in summer months resulting in substantially reduced delivery times when compared to transit via traditional routes, as well as cutting fuel consumption and ship fuel emissions. The new building program has been awarded to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), in South Korea.

ABB’s scope of supply includes turbochargers, generators, switchboards, transformers, electric drives, propulsion control and the Azipod propulsion units that will power the vessels through the arctic conditions. Such vessel on which the Azipod propulsion units install will become the most powerful LNG carrier in the world.

The design will allow ship operations in temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius. By using Azipod propulsion units, the ship will move ahead in open water and in moderate ice conditions, and astern to cut through heavy ice. The advanced solution facilitates ship operations predominantly without ice breaker escort.

“Operating LNG carriers in ice-locked waters year-round requires the highest standards in safety and efficiency,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “ABB is very proud to have had its technology selected for such a project.”

“Azipod propulsion has proved to be the technology of choice for more than 30 ice-going vessels, including shuttle tankers operating for Sovcomflot out of Varandey and for Norilsk Nickel’s ‘Arctic Express’ container ships,” added Veli-Matti Reinikkala.

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