On 29th July 2016, Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan (QMW) successfully sailed away the last batch of its six Yamal LNG modules for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant being built northeast of the Yamal Peninsula in Russia.
All six modules were completed ahead of schedule in three batches in less than 14 months through an innovative sub-modules construction methodology made possible by QMW’s state-of-the-art fabrication facilities including the mega-module assembly shop. The mega shop includes four giant bays equipped with electrically-powered doors allowing most of the fabrication and assembly to be done inside the modern facility and protected from the environmental elements, which increases safety, quality, and productivity. Construction of the Yamal LNG modules began in May 2015 at the QMW fabrication facility in Qingdao, China. QMW was recognized for achieving four million man-hours without a single Lost Time Incident and an industry low Total Recordable Incident Rate of 0.05.
Two of the larger modules, weighing 4,200MT, measured 177 feet high, 132 feet wide and 140 feet long. All modules feature a high volume of insulation of approximately 78,700 feet and passive fire proof painting of 4,400 sq. yards. The last batch of three process modules sailed away on July 29, 2016 for the trip to Russia and are expected to arrive as early as September.
With a total weight of approximately 12,000 tons, the modules were completed under QMW’s contract with Yamgaz, a consortium of several companies designing and constructing the LNG plant. The QMW scope of work included fabrication engineering, bulk material procurement and construction.
Located at Sabetta, the Yamal LNG plant is the first LNG development venture in the Arctic, and is one of the largest LNG projects in the world. With a planned total capacity of 16.5 million tons of LNG per year, production is expected to start in late 2017, with shipments planned to Europe and Asia.