Heat Exchanger € 40 Million Deal: GEA Delivers Heat Exchangers for Arctic LNG Project
GEA Heat Exchangers delivers components worth € 40 million for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the Siberian peninsula of Yamal: The order includes 400 air-cooled heat exchangers for a three-line liquefied gas plant, currently build by Technip and JGC.
Moscow/Russia – The plant, actually the first arctic LNG project in Russia, is developed by contractors Technip and JGC. Commissioning is planned for three phases and is scheduled to take place from 2016 to 2018. GEA will design the heat exchangers, manufacture them over a period of three years, and deliver them to the customer.
The operating company Yamal LNG – in which Novatek holds 60 % interest, Total and CNPC 20 % each, – intends to build a plant based on the South Tambey field. The heat exchangers delivered by GEA will be installed in the three LNG lines, each of which will process 5.5 million metric tons of gas annually. The plant facilities will liquefy the extracted gas to reduce it to one six-hundredth of its original volume. This makes it possible to transport the gas economically by ship to markets of destination in Europe and Asia. A special LNG tanker with capacity of 170,000 m³ has been designed to enable LNG shipping the Arctic Ocean.
Arctic Climate Poses Challenge for LNG Process Equipment
The plant contracting companies also face a special climatic challenge. The GEA heat exchangers are likewise required to withstand Siberian temperatures for decades, and are designed accordingly. In this project, GEA Batignolles Technologies Thermiques is profiting from experience gained from many other projects in the power-plant, oil, and gas sectors. Philippe Piron, CEO of GEA BTT and responsible for the Business Unit Air-Cooled Heat Exchangers: “I am pleased that our competence in LNG production has received recognition in this manner, and that we have won the order for this outstanding project.” The fact that GEA had gained extensive experience in the design and construction of heat exchangers for highly critical and climatically exceptional conditions of use also spoke persuasively for awarding the contract to GEA.