Yamal LNG

We are deploying significant logistics capabilities and innovative technologies to develop one of the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas projects.



Russia. The Yamal LNG project is based in the estuary of the Ob River which is ice-bound nine months of the year. The project ensures production and marketing of the Russian Arctic’s vast natural gas reserves and has involved the construction of a major new maritime route for transporting liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia.

The Yamal LNG project is one of the largest industrial undertakings in the Arctic. It will eventually involve the drilling of more than 200 wells, the construction of 3 LNG trains, each with a capacity of 5.5 million tons per year, and a vast gas terminal, and the commissioning (a world first) of 16 icebreaker tankers, each able to transport 170,000 m³.

This ground-breaking project in the Yamal peninsula, to develop the huge South Tambey condensate gas field, calls on Yamal LNG’s logistical and industrial expertise in terms of managing LNG production in extremely cold conditions with the help of high-performance technologies. Total is leading the project as part of a strategic alliance with Novatek, Russia’s second-largest independent natural gas producer.

 Key figures

  • Capacity: 16.5 Mt/y produced by 3 LNG trains
  • Operator: Yamal LNG, a joint-venture company owned by Novatek (60%), Total (20%) and CNPC (20%)



A logistical feat

How does the Yamal LNG project withstand the site's isolation and extreme temperatures in the northern reaches of the polar ice cap? Thanks to modular construction approaches, customized working conditions, advanced planning techniques and infrastructure creation: watch a film about these large-scale endeavors.

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"The story of a challenge: The logistical feat” at Yamal LNG.