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Govt Approves Yamal LNG Train

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OAO Yamal LNG was granted State permission to commission the main technological facilities of the LNG plant’s first stage, including the first liquefaction train, 58 gas wells and the respective infrastructure. Evgeniy Kot, General Director, Yamal LNG, stated: “Obtaining permission to commission the first LNG train is the cumulative result of many months of hard work and dedication by thousands of construction workers, installers, and engineers who have worked and continue to work in Sabetta.

US Could Get First LNG Import from Russia despite Sanctions

Christopher De Margerie (Photo: SCF Group)

A vessel that may be carrying liquefied natural gas from Russia's new Yamal LNG export terminal could be heading to the United States despite sanctions against the company that operates the Russian facility, according to a report by S&P Global Platts and Thomson Reuters shipping data. The tanker Chris. De Margerie picked up a cargo from Novatek PAO's Yamal facility, Russia's second LNG export terminal, on Dec. 9 and dropped it off at National Grid Plc's Isle of Grain LNG facility near London on Dec. 28, according to Thomson Reuters data.

U.S.-bound LNG Tanker with Russian LNG Diverted

File Image: A typical LNG Carrier at Sea (CREDIT: QGTC)

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker probably carrying some supply from a Russian export project has been diverted from the United States, ship-tracking data shows. Engie's Gaselys LNG tanker was diverted on Friday from the Everett terminal in Boston, Massachusetts, where gas prices have tapered off since spiking during a cold snap. The vessel picked up the cargo from storage tanks at Britain's Isle of Grain import terminal in early January. The delivery to the United States was unusual because the LNG at Isle of Grain's tanks also contained some supply from Russia's new Yamal export plant.

Yamal LNG Inks Deal with Gazprom to Sell LNG in Asia

A trading subsidary of Russian gas producer Yamal LNG has signed a long-term supply contract with a trading subsidiary of Gazprom, under which liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced by Yamal LNG will be sold in Asia, Yamal LNG said on Friday.   The company said in a statement that the contract involved sales of 2.9 million tons of LNG per annum which would be sold to the Asia-Pacific region, primarily India, with the LNG priice indexed to crude oil.   The contract was signed by Yamal Trade Pte Ltd and Gazprom Marketing & Trading Singapore Pte Ltd.     (Reporting By Jason Bush)

Yamal LNG Over 50% Complete

Photo: NOVATEK

Novatek deputy chairman and CFO Mark Gyetvay said the Yamal LNG project in Russia have now passed the 50 percent overall completion mark. Gyetvay noted that 100 percent of the Yamal LNG’s production capacity has been sold. Additionally, he confirmed the first cargo from Yamal LNG’s first train, which has passed the 65 percent completion mark, will be shipped during the second quarter of 2017. Gyetvay said Yamal LNG was "very competitive" with other LNG projects globally, not least given the very low feedstock and other costs.

Fluxys Terminal to Tranship LNG for Yamal

Yamal LNG, a Russian project to produce liquefied natural gas from 2017, has chosen Fluxys' terminal in Zeebrugge, Belgium, as the transhipping point for gas from the peninsula in northern Russia. Russia's Novatek holds 60 percent in Yamal LNG, while France's Total and China's CNPC own 20 percent each. "Fluxys will now carry out all technical, permitting and regulatory processes with a view to provide LNG transshipment services," Yamal LNG said. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Steve Gutterman)

Teekay Sign Yamal Charter for Newbuild

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. has entered into a 15-year time-charter contract with the Yamal LNG project, sponsored by Novatek OAO, Total SA, China National Petroleum Corporation and Silk Road Fund, to provide Yamal LNG with conventional liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation services. Yamal LNG is scheduled to commence production in 2017. The fixed-rate time-charter contract will be serviced by one of Teekay LNG's previously unchartered 174,000 cubic meter MEGI LNG carrier newbuildings that is scheduled for delivery in early-2019. "We are pleased that our commercial team has secured this new 15-year charter contract which expands our service offering to the now fully-financed Yamal LNG project and reduces our uncommitted newbuildings to only one vessel…

Yamal LNG Bags Contract for 96% output

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The Yamal LNG project has signed contracts for the sale of 96% of liquefied natural gas (LNG) it produces, Tass news agency reported, citing Evgeny Kot, head of Yamal LNG. "96%, practically the total volume of LNG we produce will be sold under long term contracts. This means 20-25 years," he said. According to him, the countries of Asian-Pacific region account for 86% of the contracts. Sovcomflot will receive the first LNG carrier for the project “Yamal LNG” this fall and send it on ice trials in winter, he said.

Siemens Receives Major Order for Russian LNG Project

Siemens will deliver the key components for a power station that is going to supply the future Yamal LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) production plant in Northern Russia with electricity and heat. The Siemens scope of supply comprises the design, manufacture, factory testing, delivery, installation and commissioning of eight SGT-800 industrial gas turbines as well as nine step-up transformers. Four of these turbines will additionally be equipped with waste heat recovery units. The power plant will have an electrical output of 376 megawatts (MWe). The order has been placed by the Russian engineering company Technopromexport (TPE), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rostec State Corporation.

French Banks Eye Yamal LNG Project

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French banks may participate in lending for the Russia's Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, a relevant agreement may be signed in 2016, Tass reported quoting Russia's Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev. "As for French banks - we have made very serious progress there, we are very optimistic about it. I do hope [that the agreement on lending will be signed this year]," the minister said. Earlier this year, Russia’s largest independent gas producer Novatek confirmed the volume of capital expenditures for Yamal LNG project in the amount of $27 bln.

Novatek CEO: Sanctions Hurt Yamal LNG, Upbeat on Plans

International sanctions have undermined the ability of Russia's Yamal LNG project to raise necessary funds but it will be launched as scheduled, Leonid Mikhelson, head of the plant's main shareholder, said in a televised interview on Tuesday. The company, co-owned by Gennady Timchenko, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, was placed under U.S. sanctions in 2014, soon after the final investment decision had been taken on the Yamal project in late 2013. The punitive measure makes it harder for the company, Novatek, to raise external debt. "Of course, technical difficulties due to sectoral sanctions against Novatek and automatically against Yamal LNG ... there are difficulties with attracting credit financing," Mikhelson told the state-run Rossiya-24 TV channel.

Russia Ramping Up Arctic LNG Production

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Russia may produce more than 70 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year in its remote Arctic regions, the head of gas producer Novatek said on Wednesday. "The Gydan and Yamal peninsulas have a vast resource base that allows the production of over 70 million tonnes (of LNG); it is comparable to LNG production in Qatar", Leonid Mikhelson, the head and co-owner of Novatek told a conference. Novatek, which was put on the list of Russian companies sanctioned by the West over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis…

Novatek Says Ships First LNG Cargo

Photo: NOVATEK

Russia’s Novatek Gas & Power has supplied its first ever cargo of liquefied natural gas, marking the company’s first step into global LNG trading business. The cargo was sourced from Trinidad & Tobago’s LNG plant in Point Fortin and delivered to the Quintero import terminal in Chile. He added: "After the launch of the first train of the Yamal LNG project we will enter the LNG market with our own volumes, and gaining spot trading experience is important for us”. Novatek is the…

Russia to build 15 Tankers at South Korean Shipyards

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Fifteen tankers will be built at South Korean shipyards to transport the products of the Yamal LNG plant, TASS cites Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying. “We have noted with satisfaction the successful cooperation in the energy sector: South Korean companies are participating in the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 projects, we are working on the issue of increasing purchases of liquefied natural gas,” the report quoted President Putin. Besides, Vladimir Putin marked the advantages…

Dynagas Partners inks long-term deals for two LNG Vessels

Courtesy Dynagas Partners

Monaco – March 31, 2016 –Dynagas LNG Partners LP. * Gazprom Global LNG Limited has extended its current charter for the 2007-built LNG carrier Ob River, on the same terms, until May 1, 2018 (plus or minus 15 days). In addition, the Partnership has entered into a new long-term time charter agreement with Gazprom Marketing and Trading Pte. Ltd., an affiliate of Gazprom, for the Ob River, which is expected to commence immediately following the vessel’s redelivery from its current charter with Gazprom, for a period of 10 years (plus or minus 15 days).

Novatek Says No Need to Borrow More for Yamal LNG Project

Russia's largest private gas producer Novatek has no need to increase borrowing as it has sufficient funds for investments into its Yamal LNG project, the company's management said on Wednesday. At a conference call with analysts, Novatek's chief executive Leonid Mikhelson said his company has already invested $22 billion in Yamal LNG after securing borrowing on both global and domestic markets. He said Yamal LNG, a project to build Russia's second gas liquefaction plant, will receive another $6 billion in investment this year. Novatek's chief financial officer Mark Gyetvay, who was on the same call, said that the overall capital investment of Novatek is seen at 40 billion roubles ($689.42 million) in 2017.     (Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Andrey Ostroukh)

Russia’s Novatek Sells 10% Of Yamal LNG To Chinese Fund

Image: OAO NOVATEK

Russia’s second-biggest gas producer Novatek is selling a 9.9 percent stake worth an estimated US$1.4 billion in its Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to a China’s Silk Road infrastructure fund, reports Reuters. The deal, first discussed in August, was inked as part of a visit by President Vladimir Putin to Beijing to mark 70 years since the end of World War Two in Asia. Following the completion of the deal, Novatek will own 50.1% stake in Yamal LNG, Total and CNPC will hold 20% each, while SRF will have a 9.9% stake in the Arctic LNG project.

Yamal LNG to Ship Two LNG Cargoes in November

(File photo: PAO Sovcomflot)

The Russian Yamal LNG project will ship the first two cargoes of liquefied natural gas in November, followed by another four in December, Russia's customs service said on Tuesday.   The Yamal LNG project is co-owned by local Russian gas producer Novatek, as well as France's Total, China's CNPC and the Silk Road Fund.   Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva 

Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier for Yamal LNG Project Named Vladimir Rusanov

Left: Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier Vladimir Rusanov, Right: Yamal LNG Project Trading Routes. Photo: MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that on December 21, a naming ceremony for an ice-breaking LNG carrier, which was jointly ordered by MOL and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping), was held at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering  (DSME). As a crowd of VIPs and personnel related to the project looked on, the newbuilding vessel was named the "Vladimir Rusanov" by Ms. Veronika Makeeva of PAO Novatek, the major shareholder of the Yamal LNG project. The name is derived from Russian Arctic explorer and geologist.

MOL China Shipping J/V Orders NSR LNG Carriers

LNG Carrier: Rendering MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) says its joint venture with China Shipping (Group) Company has signed shipbuilding contracts with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Korea to build three ice class LNG carriers for the [Russian] Yamal LNG project. The ice class LNG carriers for the project will have independent ice-breaking capabilities that enable them to sail in icy seas with maximum 2.1m ice thickness. The vessels will be capable of transporting LNG from Yamal LNG plant at Sabetta in Yamal Peninsula, Russia, to main LNG markets in the world.

MOL Bags Yamal LNG Charter Contract for Four Ships

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced it has signed a long-term charter contract for four liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers with the tank capacity of 174,000m3, which will be delivered and serve on Yamal LNG project in 2019 and 2020 onward, through a wholly-owned subsidiary of MOL. The four contracted carriers will serve as a transport of LNG transshipped by the project from Europe. MOL did not provide any additional information on the vessels. Yamal LNG is a planned $27 billion LNG plant at Sabetta, north-east of the Yamal Peninsula, Russia.

Daewoo to Deliver Two More LNG Tankers in 2017

South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding expects to deliver two more ice-class tankers to lift liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia's Yamal LNG project this year, a company spokesman said on Monday. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), which has the world's largest volume of existing orders among shipyards, has got an order to build a total of 15 ice-class tankers for the Yamal LNG project. The first tanker, named after Christophe de Margerie, the former chief executive of French oil company Total who died in an aircraft crash at a Moscow airport in 2014, made a test docking at the Sabetta port in Yamal last week. A spokesman for Daewoo Shipbuilding said on Monday that the remaining 14 LNG tankers for Yamal are all due to be delivered by 2020…

Sinotrans Pacts for Five Yamal LNG Tankers

Pic: Sinotrans Shipping

Chinese shipping major Sinotrans has signed with Greek shipowner Dynagas and China LNG Shipping (CLNG) for the joint purchase of five Arctic-class LNG carriers from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). The agreement is structured as five separate joint ventures between the parties; each venture includes membership in the shipbuilding contract and in a 25-year time charter of the vessel to Yamal LNG. The time charter is for about $20 million per month per vessel.

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