The Yamal LNG site is based in Sabetta, Russia, on the Yamal Peninsula. The $27bn project is currently under construction, and includes a shipping port, an airport, resident facilities, a gas production and liquefaction plant, and is owned by Novatek (50%), Total (20%), China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) (20%), and Silk Road Fund (10%) (a state owned investment fund of the Chinese government).

Sabetta started as a base for a geological survey crew in the 1980s and now it includes living quarters, dining halls, medical facilities, a sauna, gym, hotel, fire station, and laundry facilities.  More than 22,000 people now work in Sabetta.

The area is in the arctic, where the sun doesn’t rise for 3 months at a time and temperatures plunge to -40°C. The Yamal project will tap into Siberia’s natural gas reserves. The Arctic is said to contain 22% of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas, with the majority of gas predicted to be located within Russia’s territory. The Yamal site will draw on the South Tambey Field (discovered in 1974), which holds an estimated 926bn cubic meters of reserves.

The project will export 16.5m tons of LNG a year starting from late 2017, which translates to roughly 6 months’ worth of France’s total gas consumption. A port and airport have already been built and are in operation. 200 wells will be drilled in total and three liquefaction trains built, and the plant will be supported by 80,000 piles driven into the permafrost to ensure stability. The LNG plant will be built and opened in three phases, scheduled for start-up in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Construction is progressing as planned, with a total of 120 ships with goods docking in Sabetta in 2016, more than twice the number of 2015. Current progress as of September 2016 includes 4 drilling rigs in operation at the field and 65 production wells completed, and the first LNG train was 84% complete by the third quarter of 2016.

15 LNG tankers, that not only transport the LNG but break ice, will ship to Asia-Pacific and European markets, with sales contracts for 95% of the LNG already signed. Some of the cargo will go via the through the North Sea Route (NSR), which is only navigable without icebreakers for three months of the year. For example, the Audux, a Red Box Energy Services cargo vessel, successfully landed at Sabetta port recently to deliver components for the LNG plant. The vessel set off from Qingdao, China, in November and arrived at Sabetta port early January via the NSR.

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