Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) won the first battle in the war among the shipbuilders to obtain orders for the “Yamal Project,” by obtaining the world’s first order for an icebreaking LNG carrier.
The South Korean shipbuilder said on March 17 that it received the order worth US$367.4 million from Russia’s state-run shipper Sovcomflot, and will deliver the vessel by the end of June 2016.
The 170,000 m³-level carrier will be used in developing a gas field in the Yamal Peninsula, western Siberia, by Yamal LNG Co., a joint venture between Russian gas company Novatech, French Total, and Chinese CNPC.
The vessel is the first of the 16 icebreaking LNG carriers worth US$4.8 billion in total, which DSME has signed a contract to build.
The Yamal project is to develop a gas field, unearthing 16.5 million tons of gas buried in the Yamal Peninsula.