YAMAL LNG is an integrated project for natural gas production, liquefaction and marketing

Key Project Advantages

  • Large onshore conventional reserve base with high concentration of reserves

  • Well known geology and proven development technologies

  • Very low F&D and lifting costs

  • High efficiency factor of gas liquefaction process due to sub-zero temperatures

  • Access to both European and Asian markets

  • State support, including tax benefits

Project Infrastructure

The field development plan provides for the drilling of 208 wells at 19 well drilling pads. Natural gas produced at the field will be delivered to the international markets in a form of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, which requires construction of a liquefaction plant consisting of four (4) production trains. Three (3) factory lines are already operational. The shipping infrastructure includes a jetty with two tanker loading berths at the port of Sabetta equipped with ice protection barriers. Ice-class LNG carriers of special Arc-7 design are used to transport the LNG to international markets.


Project Implementation

The final investment decision on the project was made in December 2013. 

Production on the first train commenced on 5 December 2017. Yamal LNG has shipped the first LNG cargo containing 170 thousand cubic meters on 8 December 2017. Yamal LNG begins shipments from the second LNG train on August 2018. Yamal LNG commenced third LNG train production on November 2018.

The main construction phase is now completed.


NOVATEK Arctic fields 



mmt per annum -
capacity of the LNG plant


bcm of natural gas -
proved and probable reserves
of the South-Tambeyskoye field
according to the PRMS reserves standards
as at the end of 2019 


bcm of natural gas per annum -
the field’s production potential


production wells
stipulated by the field’s development plan


share of NOVATEK in the Yamal LNG project (20% - Total, 20% - CNPC, 9.9% - Silk Road Fund)


launch of LNG production