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IMI Orton wins multiple contracts for Yamal LNG project


Division:IMI Critical Engineering

Date:April 2015

IMI Orton has won eight contracts, totalling tens of millions of euros with three different customers to supply valves and actuators for the Yamal LNG project, one of the largest industrial projects in the Arctic, with potential to win still further contracts.

Yamal LNG is based in the estuary of the Ob River in Northern Siberia, and is ice-bound for nine months of the year. This makes for a highly challenging environment for LNG production. Nevertheless, over 200 wells are expected to be drilled to develop the huge South Tambey natural gas field, where reserves are estimated at more than 1 trillion cubic metres.

Whilst IMI Orton’s long experience of operating in hostile environments was clearly a major factor in its contract wins, early engagement with Chicago Bridge & Iron Co (CB&I) after they were awarded the front-end engineering design contract was also key.

IMI Orton experts travelled to London to meet CB&I to highlight the technical advantages of the IMI Orton TRI-X solution, with its replaceable seat and seal ring on the valve’s body and disc respectively. These features mean that, should maintenance be required, the sealing elements could be replaced locally – an important factor when the site is so remote.