Total enters Russian LNG project with Novatek deal

Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg
Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

French oil major Total will buy 10% of the Arctic LNG 2 project in Russian from Novatek.

Arctic LNG 2 is a major liquefied natural gas development on the Gydan Peninsula.

Total’s overall interest in the project will be about 21.6%.

The Paris-headquartered firm owns 19.4% of Novatek, which will retain 60% of Arctic LNG 2.

Total will be able to increase its direct share up to 15%, and can acquire 10-15% of all Novatek’s future LNG projects on the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas.

Total chief executive Patrick Pouyanne said: “We are delighted to have concluded the definitive agreements for our entry into this new world class LNG project based on the vast Russian gas resources alongside our partner Novatek.

“Arctic LNG 2 builds on the success of Yamal LNG and will introduce several innovative solutions to further increase competitiveness.

“Arctic LNG 2 fits into our strategy of growing our LNG portfolio through competitive developments based on giant low cost resources primarily destined for the fast growing Asian markets.”

With production capacity of 19.8 million tonnes per year (Mt/y), or 535,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), Arctic LNG 2 will develop over 7 billion boe of resources in the Utrenneye onshore gas and condensate field.

The project will involve installation of three gravity-based structures in the Gulf of Ob on which three liquefaction trains of 6.6 Mt/y each will be installed.

Arctic LNG 2 production will be delivered to international markets by a fleet of ice-class LNG carriers that will be able to use the Northern Sea Route and a transshipment terminal in Kamchatka for cargoes destined for Asia and one close to Murmansk for those cargoes destined for Europe.

The project’s final investment decision is expected to be taken in the second half of 2019, with plans to start up the first liquefaction train in 2023.