Yamal LNG (Russia)


The Yamal LNG project involves the construction of an LNG plant, with a capacity of 16.5 million tonnes per annum, located at the Yuzhno-Tambeiskoe resource base. The project also involves the creation of a unique transportation and technology infrastructure to enable the year-round transportation of LNG to consumers. Construction of the LNG plant and export terminal are scheduled for completion in 2017. The first commercial shipments of LNG are planned to commence in 2018.

To ensure the safe, year-round, shipment of gas to markets in the Asia-Pacific region and Western Europe, the Yamal LNG project operator plans to use a fleet of 15 LNG carriers, each with a cargo capacity of 172,600 cubic metres and with Arctic ice class (Arc 7). The schedule for bringing the new LNG plant to full operational capacity envisages the delivery of new LNG carriers from 2017 until 2021.

OAO Yamal LNG held an international tender among shipowners for construction and operation of Arc 7 LNG carriers. Nine leading shipping companies - PAO Sovcomflot (Russia), Teekay (Canada) in partnership with CLNG (China), and MOL (Japan) in partnership with CLNG (China) and Dynagas (Greece) in partnership with CLNG and Sinotrans (China) - won this tender. Sovcomflot was the only company with the relevant experience in the year-round operation of shuttle tankers in the Arctic and sub-Arctic Seas. This experience was gained from the company’s vessels serving the Sakhalin-1, Sakhalin-2, Varandey, Prirazlomnoye and Novoportovskoye projects. In February 2014, Sovcomflot signed a shipbuilding contract and time charter agreement for a prototype vessel. The gas carrier was delivered from the yard at the end of 2016, after completion of ice trials in the Kara Sea and the Gulf of Ob, she will be delivered to the Charterers, Yamal Trade, for a 28-year period.

Arctic LNG carrier for the Yamal LNG project
Length: 299 metres
Width: 50 metres
Freshwater draft: 12 metres
Capacity and type of propulsion system: 3х15 megawatts, diesel-electric ship with three rudder propellers.
Ice-breaking capability: Up to 2.1m in floe ice when navigating stern-first.