US giant ExxonMobil is set to launch a major bid process for the construction of liquefaction facilities for its 6.2 million tonnes per annum Russia Far East (RFE) LNG project.

The multi-billion dollar liquefied natural gas development will see non-associated gas from the producing Chayvo field offshore Sakhalin Island sent by a new pipeline to a greenfield liquefaction complex to be built at the port of De Kastri on the Russian mainland.

De Kastri currently hosts an oil terminal that receives oil piped from Chayvo as well as the Odoptu and Arkutun-Dagi fields, all of which are located off Sakhalin’s northeast coast

RFE LNG’s project proponent is the ExxonMobil-led Sakhalin 1 consortium, whose other partners are Russian major Rosneft, India’s ONGC Videsh and Sodeco, a consortium of Japanese companies.