The Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Russia’s Far East has returned to full-scale operations after the completion of planned maintenance work, Gazprom Deputy CEO Vitaly Markelov told the Interfax news agency on Tuesday.
Maintenance began in July and involved all the site’s production facilities, according to Markelov. The Sakhalin-2 LNG plant launched production in 2009 and currently has a capacity of 11.5 million tons of LNG annually.
Energy majors including Britain’s Shell opted to leave the project after the West sanctioned Russia over its military operation in Ukraine, although Japan’s Mitsui and Mitsubishi retained their 22.5% combined stake. Other long-term Asian LNG buyers from Sakhalin-2, including South Korea, have continued to import gas from the venture.
Last year, Japan accounted for 60.6% of all LNG shipments from the Russian plant. South Korea imported 15.8%, China 17.9%, and Taiwan 4.5%, while Indonesia accounted for 1.2% of imports as Russia supplied the country with LNG for the first time.
Russian LNG exports have been steadily growing since the beginning of the year, with demand on the rise in Europe and Asia, according to Russian Energy Minister Nikolay Shulginov.
While the EU has banned seaborne exports of Russian oil, LNG is not prohibited by the sanctions.
Source of data and images: lenta