ABB wins order for Arctic ice-going LNG carriers

2014-06-17 - ABB technology will power ice-going LNG carriers carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Siberia to Europe and Asia.

Zurich, Switzerland, June 17, 2014 – ABB, a global leader in power and automation technology, has 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.


Picture source: Novatek

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.

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.



“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.

The operation of LNG vessels at all times is essential to keep the facility running at full production.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people.

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