Fired Heater Module Successfully Completed for Yamal LNG Project


1 December 2015

Fired Heater Module Successfully Completed for Yamal LNG Project

One of Birwelco's most demanding and technically complex projects has come to successful conclusion with the load out of a pre-assembled 85MW fired heater package, bound for Yamal LNG, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant being built on the north-east of the Yamal Peninsula in Russia.

Load out of the 900 tonne skid-mounted module was successfully undertaken in early September and with delivery to the construction site in Sabetta, completed by 18th September.

This has been one of the most important projects undertaken by Birwelco, because of its sheer scale, because of the scope of the services required and because all structural elements, mechanical equipment and instrumentation had to be configured to function at extremely low temperatures. The equipment is for use in Northern Siberia, where the ambient temperature regularly plummets to minus 50 degrees Centigrade.

Birwelco Ltd General Manager, Carl Blewer, stated that the load out from the modular build site in Gijon, Northern Spain, brought one of the company's most prestigious projects to a successful conclusion.

"Load-outs are always spectacular events to watch and this one was particularly satisfying, since it was the culmination of such a challenging and exciting project for Birwelco Limited and for our specialist team of engineers, designers and project personnel.

“The sheer scale of the heater package, the requirement for the maximum possible extent of pre-assembly, and the specialist metallurgical considerations imposed by the extreme Siberian winter temperatures, combined to make this a very demanding project.

"In particular, all the equipment that we engineered had to be able to operate in Arctic conditions, with a design temperature of minus 50 degrees Centigrade. All structural elements, heater pressure parts, and piping materials were made from low temperature carbon steel, whilst instrumentation and electrical items had to be winterized with trace heating and insulation, or placed within heated enclosures.

“All those involved at Birwelco Limited are to be commended for their application and expertise in delivering this impressive project on time, to exacting project specifications and to a very challenging schedule.

“The Yamal project has, at times, required us to take a radical approach to our design and delivery methodology, not least because of the comprehensive project specifications and Russian national standards applied by our client. Consequently, it has been a real showcase for the full range of expertise we offer at Birwelco."
The modular assembly was undertaken in the yard port area of Gijon, Northern Spain, where, during its construction, it was visible from most areas of the city.

The project scope included design, fabrication and pre-assembly of the modularised dual fuel gas fired heater, which stands at more than 50 meters tall, weighs 900 tonnes and will deliver in excess of 85 megawatts of heat duty – providing essential heating for the client’s process plant and offices.

Because of the harsh local conditions the equipment is being installed two meters above ground level on a purpose-designed support grillage. This will ensure plant operator access areas are kept above the winter snow and pack ice levels.

The fired heater, which is expected to be commissioned as per the project schedule, is the largest Russian heater supplied by the company to date, involving 40,000 engineering and project hours, and engaging Birwelco’s skilled engineering, procurement and construction teams.

Mr Blewer adds: "UnitBirwelco is one of only a small number of contractors worldwide who can fulfill the full cycle of work from engineering and procurement through to construction for large-scale projects within the oil, gas, refinery, chemical, petrochemical and utilities industries."

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