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Nidec ASI provides VFDS for Arctic LNG 2

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Nidec ASI has announced that it has signed a multi-million euro contract with Siemens Gas and Power for the supply of variable frequency drive systems (VFDS) and motors for the Arctic LNG 2 project.

According to the statement, the technical specifications of the motors supplied by Nidec ASI make it possible to work continuously even at temperatures as low as -52°C, thus meeting the special requirements needed to operate in the extreme conditions 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 37 MW current source VFDS and three synchronous motors, including harmonic filtering systems and input transformers for hazardous area installation; and for boil-off gas (BOG) compressors, three 20 MW voltage source PWM VFDS for starting six medium-voltage fixed-speed induction motors, designed for continuous operation at temperatures down to -52°C.

According to the statement, the Arctic LNG 2 project has a total value of US$25.5 billion, and involves the construction of three plants for producing LNG via gravity-based structure (GBS) platforms, each with a capacity of approximately 6.6 million tpy (equivalent to 535 000 bbl/d). The liquefaction trains are installed on platforms in the waters of the Gulf of Ob, and also include LNG storage facilities with a total capacity of 687 000 m3.

Dominique Llonch, CEO of Nidec ASI and Chairman of Nidec Industrial Solutions, said: “This new contract shows how Nidec ASI is internationally recognised as a company capable of offering customised 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.

“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.”

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