Yamal LNG, the beginning of a long journey
Total’s position as a major player in LNG and our strong partnership with Novatek, Russia’s leading independent natural gas producer, are bringing fruit as we prepare the launch of the 1st phase of Yamal LNG, - a groundbreaking gas liquefaction project in the Arctic with a capacity to produce 16.5 million tons per year.
Yamal LNG construction site. View of the plant, September 2017
International investors invited by Patrick Pouyanné to Russia were welcomed by Total and Novatek as they visited Yamal LNG construction site in September, 2017.
The "Christophe de Margerie" - the first of 15 ice-class LNG carriers that will deliver the LNG from Yamal to the clients via the Northern Sea Route. Port Sabetta, Yamal peninsula. March 2017.
Concrete piles in the basement of one of the four giant reservoirs that can contain 160,000 m3 of LNG each.
One of the 146 modules of the LNG plant delivered for assembly and being transported from the port to the construction site. September 2017.
The indigenous Nenets people live in harmony with nature on the Yamal tundra, keeping alive a centuries-old tradition of reindeer herding.
Better Energy Through Innovation
Together with Novatek, Chinese CNPC and Silk Road Fund we are progressing very fast in the construction of the 3-train plant on the Yamal peninsula north of the Polar Circle. The 1st train will be launched before the end of 2017, the 2nd and the 3rd ones will be commissioned in 2018 and in 2019 respectively.
Yamal LNG is already a showcase of eminent collective achievement. This project has become a reality because of a range of outstanding solutions. Among them:
- the maritime logistics of the project ;
- liquefied gas transportation by ice-breaking LNG carriers, the first of which has already accomplished its maiden commercial LNG delivery to Asia via the Northern Sea Route;
- the financing structure of the project, a world’s first on such a scale, based on rouble, yuan and euro, since US-imposed sanctions prevented the shareholders from using a single US dollar.
Despite climatic, geographical and technical challenges, we are preparing the first shipment of LNG from the Sabetta port, meeting the stringent project schedule in extreme conditions.
Better Energy Through Commitment
Our participation in Yamal LNG is only the beginning of a long journey. With natural gas at the heart of our ambition to be the responsible energy major, Total is committed to doing business in Russia, given its vast and extremely competitive gas reserves. We continue to look at new investment opportunities with Novatek. Indeed we believe that with our strong partnership, our combined technical excellence, innovation, and motivated experienced people, we prepare the responsible energy future that the world needs.