ABB has been contracted to power an Arctic ice-going Yamal LNG carrier, as part of a project to transport LNG from the Yamal peninsula in north-west Siberia to Asia and Europe.
Under the contract, the first of 16 Yamal LNG carriers will be installed with ABB Azipod propulsion technology, with an option to equip the remaining 15 vessels in future.
Other equipment from ABB includes turbochargers, generators, switchboards, transformers, electric drives and propulsion control.
ABB Process Automation division head Veli-Matti Reinikkala said that operating LNG carriers in ice-locked waters year-round requires the highest standards in safety and efficiency.
"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," Veli-Matti Reinikkala said.
Russian gas producer Novatek is heading a consortium of partners for 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.
The LNG is planned to be transported from Sabetta port to Asia, through the Northern Sea Route using the new 170,000m³ LNG carriers built to ice-breaking capability of ARC 7.
This will help reduce delivery times when compared with transit through traditional routes, as well as lower fuel consumption and ship fuel emissions.
South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) is involved in the new building programme.
Image: The Yamal Artic LNGC. Photo: courtesy of Novatek.