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Yamal LNG considers fourth train with high local content

Yamal LNG, which operates the South Tambey field on Russia's Yamal Peninsula, is studying construction of a fourth, smaller liquefaction train — with an emphasis on Russian content — next to its main liquefied natural gas plant in the port of Sabetta in West Siberia, writes Vladimir Afanasiev.

The train, with capacity of 1 million tonnes per annum of LNG, is expected to be built next to the existing construction site at Sabetta, which will host three main 5.5 million tpa liquefaction trains.

Yamal LNG is currently anticipating completion of an environmental impact study of the construction and operation of the potential fourth train, with results to be presented to local public representatives in Yamal's regional capital of Salekhard by the end of November. The study is one of the requirements that Yamal LNG has to meet to be able to obtain approvals from Russian authorities to go ahead with the project.

The operator is widely expected to attempt to use as much Russian content as possible to design and build the proposed train. This in anticipation that other large-scale LNG projects on the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas proposed by majority shareholder Novatek will use significantly fewer foreign-made components than Yamal LNG.

Yamal LNG is understood to have imported more than 90% of the machinery and equipment for its main project where train one is expected on line in November.

Novatek is building a specialised yard near Murmansk intended to deliver modules and gravity-based foundations for the company’s future LNG plants.