Novatek Sanctions Arctic LNG 2 Project

With a production capacity of nearly 20 mtpa, Wood Mackenzie says the project would be the largest single project to reach FID. Novatek plans to spend more than $21 billion to launch the project at full capacity. Startup is scheduled for 2023.


Novatek announced that it has approved a final investment decision (FID) for the $21.3 billion Arctic LNG 2, a major LNG development in Russia.

With a production capacity of 19.8 mtpa, the project would be the largest single project to reach FID, according to Wood Mackenzie. Arctic LNG 2’s sanction boosts the total LNG volumes sanctioned in 2019 to approximately 63 mtpa, besting the previous record of 45 mtpa set in 2005.

“We have taken another step forward  in our goal to become one of the largest LNG producers in the world,” Novatek board chairman Leonid Mikhelson said in a statement. “Our long-term strategy is to develop our vast low-cost hydrocarbon resources on the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas, as well as to maximize our cost competitiveness across LNG markets.”

Arctic LNG 2 will be Novatek’s second large-scale LNG project, following the Yamal LNG start-up in December 2017. Last month, Yamal reached 20 million tons of LNG produced over the lifetime of the project.

Arctic LNG 2 will develop the Utrenneye field in Russia’s Ob Bay. The LNG plant will consist of three liquefaction trains, with the launch of Train 1 scheduled for 2023. Trains 2 and 3 are expected to come onstream in 2024 and 2026, respectively. The project will employ gravity-based structures (GBS), which consist of concrete legs supporting a platform above a base of oil storage cells. GBS structures are designed to help companies develop resources in extreme operating conditions.

Novatek holds a 60% ownership stake in Arctic LNG 2, alongside CNOOC (10%), CNPC (10%), Japan Arctic LNG (10%), and Total (10%). Total also owns an 11.6% indirect stake in the project through its 19.4% stake in Novatek, raising its aggregated economic interest to 21.6%.

“Arctic LNG 2 adds to our growing portfolio of competitive LNG developments based on giant low cost resources primarily intended for the fast growing Asian markets,” Total Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné said in a statement. 

In addition to the sanction announcement, Novatek awarded an EPC contract for the LNG plant to a consortium of TechnipFMC, Saipem, and NIPIGAS. Saren, a joint venture of RHI Russia and Saipem, will spearhead the design and construction of the gravity-based structures.