Russian Plywood is Used for the Construction of Gas Tankers for the First Time

SVEZA Company, the world leader in birch plywood production, has completed shipments of products for the construction of a gas super tanker in Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard (China). Russian plywood was used for the manufacturing of gas carriers for the first time. The shipments were carried out as a part of Yamal LNG Project. It is planned to construct one more tanker with the use of SVEZA’s products within that project.

A specialized product SVEZA Gas NO96 was provided for the construction of the carrier. Plywood acts as the main structural element of LNG tankers that takes most of the load from the movement of liquefied gas during transportation. SVEZA Gas NO96 is characterized by low thermal conductivity and, as a consequence, the ability to withstand extreme temperatures from +80 ° C to -163 ° C. SVEZA Gas NO96 is made of 100% birch veneer in accordance with the BB/BB criteria. This variety is characterized by a small number of twigs (holes from the dropped twigs are not more than 30 mm) as well as by absence of defects in the inner and outer layers (the width of the split cracks is not more than 5 mm).

SVEZA Gas NO96 is produced on SVEZA’s production site in Saint Petersburg. SVEZA Ust-Izhora Combine has passed the necessary certification of Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) that implies strict requirements not only towards productperformance,but also towards technological processes, diversification of production and quality of raw materials.

The company ensures stable characteristics of SVEZA Gas NO96 product due to quality control at all stages – from selection of raw materials to compliance with production regulations –comments Ekaterina Shishkina, SVEZA’s product development manager in Sea Transport segment. – Proximity to the largest sea transport hub allows delivering products in the shortest time. As a result, the first shipment was carried out within three weeks.

It is the first time that Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard manufactures a vessel for Yamal LNG Project. It is owned by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, China’s largest shipbuilding group and the second-largest in the world. The project includes manufacturing of a total of six tankers by the largest manufacturers. Yamal LNG provides for annual production of about 16.5 million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and up to 1.2 million tons of gas condensate to be supplied to the markets of the Asia-Pacific Region and Europe.