PAO Novatek will proceed with development of the 20-million tonnes/year (tpy) Murmansk LNG plant, Russia's Interfax news agency said, citing Deputy Russian Prime Minister Alexander Novak’s interview with RT Arabic.
Russia is currently producing 33 million tonnes of LNG, the news agency reported, and Arctic LNG 2 in final stages of construction. In late August, Novatek said it was preparing to hook up Train 1 of its 19.8-million tpy Arctic LNG 2 liquefaction plant on Russia’s Gydan Peninsula to complete commissioning activities and begin liquefaction operations.
The Murmansk LNG project in Murmansk Oblast, Russia, is envisaged as a three-train plant, each with capacity of 6.8 million tonnes, Interfax said, reporting that “surplus electricity generated by the Kola Nuclear Power Plant will power the LNG plant compressors and a 1,300 km pipeline will have to be built to supply gas to Murmansk.”
In September, Novatek and PAO Rosseti signed a partnership agreement to supply power to the project, to “enable timely start of power supply to the Company’s prospective large-scale Murmansk LNG project, whose distinctive feature is the use of electric drives for process compressors instead of gas turbines,” the operator said in a release at the time.