First Yamal LNG tanker on the water
The Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has put the first of the Yamal LNG tankers on the water, company ABB reports.
The ship, built for the Yamal LNG project, is fitted with three 15 MW ABB Azipod propulsion units and will be the largest icebreaking vessels in the world with an independent ice-going capability in up to 2,1 meter thick ice.
It is constructed the by the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), which in 2013 won the $316 million contract on construction of sixteen of the Arc7 carriers.
It is believed that shipping company Dynagas will buy five Arctic LNG carriers while Russian shipping mayor Sovcomflot will own and operate at least one of the ships
The Yamal LNG project is to launch production in 2017. When in full swing, the plant will produce an annual 16,5 million tons of liquified gas. The LNG will be shipped to buyers both in Europe and Asia, some of it along the Northern Sea Route.
The Yamal LNG project is operated by licenseholder Novatek (51%). Partners are French company Total (20%) and Chinese companies CNPC (20%) and Silk Road Fund (9,9%).
The project includes gas delivery contracts with Total (4 mill ton/year), Gas Natural (2,5 mill ton/year), CNPC (3 mill ton/year), Gazprom (3 mill ton/year) and Novatek Gas& Power (2,86 mill ton/year).
ABB, the robotics, power and automation technology company, delivers key parts of the ship’s navigation systems.