Gas project in the Arctic region

Gas project in the Arctic region

Context and challenges

The newfound convenience of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) — a shipping lane located in the Arctic Ocean between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans — has made it possible for Russia to export the vast gas reserves of Siberia at lower costs. Previously, gas could only be transported through pipelines, but the convenience of the NSR has made it possible for Russia to carry gas on ships in the form of LNG (Liquified Natural Gas). LNG is obtained through a process known as liquifying, during which gas is cooled to a liquid state, making it easier to transport. Following the completion of the Yamal LNG plant a year ago (a project in which MPH was involved), the client, a Russian company, plans to build another plant known as Arctic LNG2. This new plant is being built in different modules across six construction yards in China. When ready, these parts will be shipped to Russia for assembly. MPH's expertise is required to face the many challenges this project poses:
- The project brings together an international team of Russian, Western European, and Chinese engineers to work in China. MPH has consultants of 18 different nationalities working on this project!
- There are six different work locations in China while the client is in Russia, adding another level of difficulty to the project
- The client faces huge logistical issues because of closed borders, quarantines and canceled flights because of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Delays are not an option because the different modules must reach Russia before winter when the Arctic Ocean is frozen, making transportation impossible
- The client is dealing with specific budgetary restrictions

Project Scope

MPH is helping the project move forward by: - Sourcing and contracting expatriates and locals to work on the six Chinese yards on the modules' construction and commissioning
- Pay salaries and taxes in China
- Arranging visas, finding accommodation, organizing the logistics, and giving on-the-ground support to the client

Client benefits 

- Our team of consultants managed different aspects of the recruitment process, such as securing skilled candidates and identifying the best CVs
- By handling the project's operational support, MPH allowed the client to concentrate their resources and time on the project, where they are most needed
- MPH managed logistics, human resources, administration, recruitment, and payrolls
- MPH handles visas, work permits, and relocation