Yamal LNG Reaches Full Capacity Ahead of Schedule

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File Photo: Two Arc7 ice-class LNG carriers load LNG produced at Yamal LNG at the port of Sabetta, Russia. Photo: Novatek

One year since the first shipment liquified natural gas was lifted from the Yamal LNG project in the Russian Arctic, the 16.5 million tons-per-year plant has reached full capacity with the commissioning of the plant’s third LNG train.

Yamal LNG’s first train began production in late 2017, followed by trains 2 and 3 in July 2018 and November 2018, respectively. Russian LNG producer PAO Novetek, which holds 50.1% in the project, said the launches of the second and third trains come ahead of schedule by six months and more than a year.

The Yamal LNG plant is located in Sabetta at the northeast of the Yamal Peninsula. Gas produced at plant are shipping through

The Yamal LNG plant, located in Sabetta, Russia at the northeast of the Yamal Peninsula, within the Arctic Circle, is comprised of three liquefaction trains with a total nameplate capacity of 16.5 mmtpa, or 5.5 mmtpa per LNG train. Gas produced at the plant is shipped through the Arctic aboard a specialized fleet of Arc7 ice-class LNG carriers, and supplemented by lower ice-class designated tankers.

Since Yamal LNG’s inauguration in December 2017, more than 100 LNG cargoes have been offloaded thus fas with approximately 7.5 million tons of LNG produced and delivered to five continents.

Yamal LNG is operated by a joint-venture involving Novatek (50.1%), France’s TOTAL (20%), China’s CNPC (20%), and the Silk Road Fund (9.9%).

“Yamal LNG is currently the largest LNG project in Russia with an aggregate share of about five percent of the global LNG market,” noted Leonid V. Mikhelson, NOVATEK’s Chairman of the Management Board. “We believe that Yamal LNG represents a unique benchmark for the global oil and gas industry in terms of project success and implementation. Moreover, the Yamal LNG project enabled us to become one of the major players in the global LNG market. Our accomplishments pave the way to create a large-scale LNG platform utilizing the prolific conventional natural gas resources on the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas as well as facilitating the achievement of our strategic goal to produce 55 – 60 mmtpa by 2030.”