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McDermott's JV in China Lands Arctic LNG Project Contract

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McDermott International, Inc.’s MDR joint venture (JV) in China — Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan Offshore Engineering (“QMW”) — was recently awarded a large contract in Russia's Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region. Per the award, McDermott will supply three complex modules for Novatek's Arctic LNG 2 project. Although the contract value is kept under wraps, the ‘large’ ones usually range between $50 million and $250 million.
In this project, McDermott’s joint venture with the China Shipbuidling Industry Corporation will carry out fabrication engineering along with partial procurement, construction and pre-commissioning scope. Fabrication, which is planned to begin later this year, is expected to be completed in mid-2022 at QMW's mega module workshop as it is more secure, safer and assures successful project delivery.

The Project in Brief

Novatek’s Arctic LNG 2 project will have three LNG trains worth a volume of 6.6 million tonnes per year and are planned to be set up on three gravity-based structural platforms.
Earlier this year, a TechnipFMC FTI-led consortium was awarded a £6.1 billion contract for engineering, procurement and construction of the same project. The output of this endeavor will be supplied internationally in Europe and Asia with the help of ice-class LNG carriers. The first LNG cargo is estimated to be shipped by 2023 while the second and third trains will start moving by 2024 and 2026, respectively.
Russian gas producer Novatek holds a 60% stake in the undertaking while TOTAL S.A., CNOOC Limited CEO, CNPC and Japan Artic LNG owns 10% interest each. As TOTAL itself occupies 11.6% of Novatek’s shares, its overall ownership in Arctic LNG 2 adds up to 21.6%.

About McDermott

Houston, TX-based McDermott is a fully vertically integrated company providing engineering and construction solutions to energy firms.

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