Yamal LNG, the beginning of a long journey
Developing LNG is a key element of Total’s strategy. We are increasing our presence in most of the key zones of LNG production and in key markets. With launch of Yamal LNG, a groundbreaking gas liquefaction project in the Arctic, a new LNG production zone is being opened, well situated with regard to principal markets in Asia and Europe.
Sabetta marine facilities and LNG complex, February 2018
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.
The indigenous Nenets people live in harmony with nature on the Yamal tundra, keeping alive a centuries-old tradition of reindeer herding.
One of the 146 modules of the LNG plant delivered for assembly and being transported from the port to the construction site. September 2017.
Better Energy Through Innovation
Yamal LNG is one of the biggest liquefied natural gas projects in the world that we continue to build together with Novatek and Chinese partners.
Yamal LNG processes natural gas from the giant onshore South Tambey gas and condensate field, located on the Yamal peninsula. The project includes an integrated gas treatment and liquefaction facility with three trains each having a capacity of 5.5 million tons per year, storage tanks, port and airport infrastructures. The construction of the first train as well as the logistic facilities is successfully completed with more than 30,000 personnel actively involved on site at peak. The second and third trains will be commissioned in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
This project is already a showcase of eminent collective achievement. It 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, the project is delivered in time and on budget.
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.