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Massive contract awarded for Arctic LNG 2 project

A contractor has been selected to unload, transport and install more than half a million tonnes worth of equipment on the Arctic LNG 2 project.

A contractor has been selected to unload, transport and install more than half a million tonnes worth of equipment on the Arctic LNG 2 project.

NovArctic, a joint venture led by oil company Technip in collaboration with Saipem and NIPIgas, selected Mammoet for the contract, the biggest ever for the firm.

Arctic LNG 2 will implement a concept of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) on gravity-based structures (GBS). Over the course of four years, Mammoet will install 42 large modules on three concrete GBS in Murmansk, Russia.

The project is expected to use a total of around 2000 self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) axles, several Mega Jack lifting systems, a crane fleet spearheaded by a CC8800-1 crane that comes complete with a Boom Booster, and around 120 workers at peak times.

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It is also the biggest contract for the company in term of aggregate tonnage, with each module weighing between 8000 and 17,000 tonnes. Over the project’s lifespan, the total weight of lifting operations will reach 500,000 tonnes.

The contract’s scope of works includes providing unloading, lifting, jacking and skidding services at a purpose-built shipyard near Murmansk, to ensure continuous installation of the modules on top of the GBS.

Mammoet also won a contract for unloading services at the module fabrication yard, Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan Offshore Engineering in China (a joint venture between McDermott and CSIC Wuchuan). This will require the mobilisation of some SPMT axles and also additional heavy lift cranes to the yard.

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