Novatek's ambitious Arctic LNG 2 liquefied natural gas development on West Siberia's Gydan Peninsula in Russia is moving “slightly ahead of its original schedule”, according to chairman Leonid Mikhelson.

The Russian independent expects the first train of Arctic LNG 2 to come online in 2023, with the second and third trains becoming operational in 2024 and 2025, respectively.

Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mikhelson said the Russian government has agreed to a December request from the gas producer, permitting it to place a short-notice order with international yards to build 10 Arc7 LNG carriers, with expected delivery between 2023 and 2024.