Nidec ASI to supply VFDS for $25.5 billion Arctic Lng 2 project

April 12, 2019
Photo: Nidec Arctic LNG 2 project.

MILAN -- Nidec ASI, head of the Nidec Industrial Solutions business platform belonging to the Nidec Group, signed last month with Siemens Gas and Power, a multi-million euro contract, for the supply of Variable Frequency Drives Systems (VFDS) and Motors for the Arctic LNG 2 project which will be used as part of the Natural Gas (LNG) liquefaction plants located in the Yamal peninsula in Arctic Russia. The technical specifications of the motors supplied by Nidec ASI make it possible to work continuously even at temperatures down to -52°C, thus meeting the special requirements needed to operate in the hostile and harsh climate of the Arctic Circle.

More specifically, following closely on the compressor vendor award, Nidec has been selected to provide: for Feed Gas Booster compressors, three 37MW Current Source VFDS and three synchronous motors, including harmonic filtering systems and input transformers for hazardous area installation; and for Boil Off Gas compressors, three 20MW Voltage Source PWM VFDS for starting six medium-voltage fixed-speed induction motors, designed for continuous operation at temperatures down to -52°C.

The ambitious Arctic LNG 2 project, with a total value of $25.5 billion, developed by Novatek, one of the largest producers of liquid natural gas in Russia, involves the construction of three plants for liquefying natural gas (LNG) via GBS (Gravity-Based Structure) platforms, each with a capacity of approximately 6.6 million tons/year (MTPA), equivalent to 535,000 barrels/day. The liquefaction trains, installed on platforms in the waters of the Gulf of Ob, also include LNG storage facilities for a total of 687,000 cubic meters.

“This new contract shows how Nidec ASI is internationally recognized as a company capable of offering customized and tailored solutions to meet its clients' needs. I am delighted returning and working again in Russia with this important job order, following the successful design and construction of the Russian Electric Motors factory in Chelyabinsk in which we have played a leading role over the last two years,” said Dominique Llonch, CEO of Nidec ASI and chairman of Nidec Industrial Solutions. “I am really proud that NIDEC ASI has been chosen as a reliable partner and that our technologies and our experience for the development of this international project, which involves some of the most important oil and gas companies in the world, are considered avant-garde.”

This additional project confirms the excellence of Nidec ASI in the construction of Electric Motors and Variable Frequency Drive Systems which have always been one of the strategic elements of the company.

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