According to the Russian “Kommersant” on the 16th, citing sources, the American Baker Hughes company stopped providing services for all Russian LNG projects. In addition, there are plans to recall service engineers for a range of projects and to stop shipping equipment for the under-construction Arctic LPG-2 project.
The report quoted a source in the company’s Russian contracting unit as saying: “The US company Baker Hughes has stopped providing services for all Russian LNG projects. Among them, the company’s ‘Sakhalin-2’ project from Gazprom and Novatek The company’s ‘Yamal LPG’ project recalled service engineers and design engineers from Novatek’s under-construction ‘Arctic LPG-2’ project, for which Baker Hughes stopped shipping equipment, including gas turbines .The completion time of the first phase of ‘Arctic LPG-2’ is directly dependent on these supplies.”
The sources pointed out that this creates problems for the further operation and commissioning of foreign equipment and that spare parts cannot be provided.
Of the seven turbines required, only half of them have been shipped to Novatek, and there is nothing to replace the equipment, as Russia does not manufacture similar equipment, according to industry sources.
The “Arctic LNG-2” project is the second major project of Russia’s Novatek after “Yamal LNG”. It plans to build 3 production lines, each with a capacity of 6.6 million tons of LNG (a total of 19.8 million tons per year). ). The first line is scheduled to start production in 2023, the second in 2024 and the third in 2025.