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ABB Heads Out In The Cold

ABB wins order for Arctic ice-going LNG carriers; option for more vessels

Posted on June 18, 2014

ABB, a global provider of power and automation technology, has secured a contract to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for the first of 16 Yamal LNG carriers.

ABB’s scope of supply includes turbochargers, generators, switchboards, transformers, electric drives, propulsion control and Azipod propulsion units that will power the vessels through the arctic conditions.

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. A consortium of partners, headed by Russian gas producer Novatek, has 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.

The LNG will be shipped using the new 170 000 m3 LNG carriers built to icebreaking 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, fuel consumption and ship fuel emissions, ABB said.

The new building program has been awarded to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), in South Korea.