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Yemen LNG
Building Yemen’s first LNG plant

55%). Saudi Arabia Yemen In August 2005. in Central Yemen.5 billion dollars. to the coast. on the Gulf of Aden. It is also a strategic location at the crossroads of international maritime routes. SK Corporation (9.22%). It is the single largest investment project in the industrial history of Yemen. a Technip-led joint venture equally shared between Technip / JGC / KBR Lump sum turnkey contract awarded in September 2005 Global LNG production capacity of 6. the Technip-led Joint Venture equally shared between Technip.62%). 200 km South-West from Al-Mukalla. Yemen LNG ian Arab The project involved: S ea A 320-km long pipeline from the Marib gas field. Hyundai Corporation (5. . protected from the monsoon's wind gusts and sea swells. for a total value of almost 4. Korea Gas Corporation (6%). Yemen Gas Company (16. Hunt Oil (17. The output from the plants requires the movement of 100 LNG carriers per year. to deliver the LNG to Asian.88%) and Yemen’s General Authority for Social Security & Pensions (5%) LNG plant Contractor: Yemgas.73%). was chosen for the LNG facility because it offers a natural harbour. Train 1 has been in operation since October 2009 with the first LNG carrier loaded early November. whereas Train 2 came on stream in March 2010. A challenge for the Technip-led joint venture Client: Yemen LNG Company Ltd (YLNG) with partners: Total (Project Leader with 39. procurement and construction contract for the 2-train LNG plant including utilities and offsites. European and American markets. Yemgas. the Yemen LNG project was launched. The Balhaf site. JGC and KBR was awarded the engineering. on the Southern coast of Yemen.Establishing Yemen LNG as an international Liquefied Natural Gas supplier The monetisation of Yemen’s natural resources has been the country’s focus since the 1990’s.7 Mtpa Steady production since November 2009 (train 1) and March 2010 (train 2) In September 2005. A 2-train liquefied natural gas plant in Balhaf.

including the world’s largest LNG trains in Qatar.7 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year. Overall construction supervision of the entire facilities / utilities. 2 full containment storage tanks of 140. The Yemen LNG contract is one example of Technip’s leading position among the first tier of EPC contractors in LNG: FEED studies LNG train detailed engineering Utilities / Facilities construction supervision Joint Venture leadership . Technip will have delivered 57 million tonnes per year of LNG capacity to its clients. This project confirms Technip among the first tier of EPC contractors in LNG In 2009 and 2010. Technip will have been involved in adding around one third to the world’s LNG production capacity. even in remote locations where infrastructure is not completely adapted and most of the material needs for the project have to be brought in. construction. It all started in the 1990’s when Technip and its partners carried out the FEED studies for the project.000 m3 each. commissioning and start-up of 2 liquefaction trains with a total capacity of 6. with the refrigerant compressors in Split MR configuration to maximise production from the two GE Frame 7 gas turbine drivers. through the delivery of projects including Yemen. Technip is capable of managing several of these gigantic grassroots projects simultaneously. Procurement and Construction contract with Yemen LNG Company Ltd for the LNG plant: Engineering. In September 2005. Supported by outstanding Project Management skills and a strong organisation. An 800-m long jetty. procurement. Large-scale infrastructure requirements.Yemgas project scope Underpinning this achievement meant meeting a fantastic challenge made possible by the commitment of the Technip-led joint venture over several years. Air Products C3/MR process. Yemgas signed the Engineering.

The quality of the programme has since been recognised by many external parties. equipment. a Traveller’s booklet. Outstanding Security HSE performance The project recorded periods of up to 15 million hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI). Main Gate.140 out of the 208 Technip staff – Balhaf April 2009 The team In March 2008. Cultural and religious inductions within the “Awareness Program”. A massive HSE training programme was central to achieving this result. a pivotal access point in a project site where all personnel. accommodation audits and inspections. Yemen LNG . Security Instruction book for operational support. The Yemgas management team was just over 200 strong from 35 nationalities. Established prior to opening the construction site. materials and goods transit. Physical security measures (original concepts developed by Technip) Security Operations Room aiming at centralising all Security-related communications. Appointment of permanent Subcontractor Security correspondents within the camps/worksites. Security and Cultural induction programs on site.200 people from 72 nationalities were working on the construction of the liquefaction plant. Various training modules were provided both in English and Arabic to maintain constant safety awareness: Site HSE induction Defensive driving Confined space entry Working at heights Commissioning & start-up safety The know-how developed by the Technip Security division over recent years on other projects allowed a site-specific programme to be successfully deployed at Balhaf with several innovative measures. The site HSE Department’s mission was to work on the process of improving people’s behaviour as the main way to improve overall project HSE statistics. some 9. at the peak of construction. Security of Personnel consisting of a Meet & Greet procedure. Security toolbox Balhaf’s Security Master Plan detailing the responsibilities of each stakeholder. Quick Response Team (QRT) consisting of a permanent Security Patrol inside the site.

construction materials and equipment and making it more difficult to predict costs and schedule. . Ensuring the security of personnel (whether Client.The project’s main challenges To make the Yemen LNG project the success that is. The selection of proven technologies. Major success factors Careful planning with a good quality FEED and early realisation of the scale of the challenges. and equipment) was at the forefront of Technip’s concerns. The support of Yemeni authorities and local population.000 people during construction phase and 700 permanent staff during operations Security: building such a high-technology industrial project in a location like Balhaf represented a challenge due to the remoteness of the site. several other LNG projects were underway worldwide. equipment and partners from the global LNG supply chain. A spirit of co-operation: enthusiasm. Large-scale infrastructure which required building: a harbour to receive industrial equipment from 60 shipments an airport for employee transfer a city to accommodate 10. harbour and vessels. At the time of the project launch. reducing the availability of skilled labour. Pre-negotiated contracts for site preparation and certain critical equipment items that were assigned to Yemgas at EPC contract award. dedication and hard work of a diverse multicultural workforce. visitors or Government bodies) and of the facilities (plants. Technology-intensive and large-size plant in a remote location. staff. Each train is using the Air Products C3/MR process. First rate project management and allocation of appropriate resources in conventional and less conventional project management domains. airport. Technip had to overcome several challenges over the 4 years between contract award and start up: Construction market tightness in 2005. contractors. its shorefront on the Gulf of Aden and the duration of the construction phase (4 years).

steel and cables.) were imported due to local unavailability.HEADQUARTERS Technip 89 avenue de la Grande Armée 75773 Paris Cedex 16 France Phone: +33 (0)1 47 78 24 00 LNG / GTL Product Line Phil Hagyard. English.Photo credits: Technip . However.com Sustainable Development actions Purchases in Yemen Most of the plant technical items (pressure vessels. Camp landscaping and irrigation system for both Client and Contractor camps. quality management. telecommunications etc. air conditioning units. machinery.March 2011 . In this way. Water management: the Balhaf site produces its own water (except drinking water). Technip through its Yemgas joint venture organised a wide training campaign in different fields: HSE. or any of its affiliates. supervisory positions in civil and piping works etc. several million dollars were allocated to local companies who had the opportunity to discover and develop modern industrial techniques and management. office cabins. and is provided for information purposes only. Waste recycling: Yemgas contracted a local company for site domestic and vehicle wastes.Group Communications . computers and printers.com www. Any information contained herein shall not result in any binding obligation on the part of Technip. Technip . industrial relationships. safety equipments. it is estimated that almost 13.000 Yemenis have come and obtained a position within the team: office and field positions requiring technical and English language skills. Recruitment of Yemenis Providing employment to local communities has been a main objective and achievement. Knowledge transfer In order to share the experience of industrial projects among the Yemenis present on site and give them marketable skills. columns etc. Technip through its Yemgas joint venture implemented at very early project stages a procurement policy to favour local supply of goods and services available in Yemen such as: office stationery and furniture. vehicles. This document is the property of Technip and is not intended to be a binding contractual document. Waste donations such as timber. SVP Phone: +33 (0)1 47 78 27 17 Email: phagyard@technip. camps and catering etc.technip. Local subcontractors One of the Yemgas objectives was to ensure that the local business community took part to the realisation of the project. site consumables. labour. Over the life of the project. engineers.