Russia - Giant module for Arctic LNG 2 sails Northern Sea Route

Russia’s offshore Arctic industrialization is in full swing. The nearly 50,000 tons first train module for the Arctic LNG 2 project has expected arrival in Murmansk on September 16.

The module is built at Wison Offshore & Marine’s Zhoushan yard in China and is now under shipping towards Novatek’s Kola yard in Belokamenka north of Murmansk. Here, the giant model will be mounted to a large gravity-based structure before final towing to the coast of far northern Gydan Peninsula in Ob Bay in Siberia.

The facility will be Novatek’s first train for Arctic liquid natural gas (LNG) 2 plant. Production at Train 1 is scheduled for 2023. A year later, in 2024, Train 2 will start production, while the final Train 3 is set to start operation in 2025.

Each of the three trains will have a production capacity of 6,6 million tons per year, according to Novatek.

The company is Russia’s largest privately-owned natural gas company and is today operating the Yamal LNG plant in Sabetta. Unlike Yamal LNG, the Arctic LNG 2 will entirely be based on a floating production concept.

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