Russia’s Sakhalin LNG terminal resumes full production

Russia’s Sakhalin-2 LNG export terminal, operated by Gazprom, has resumed full production following planned maintenance.

“Sakhalin Energy fully resumed production of liquefied natural gas after the completion of technical and commissioning works as part of the planned shutdown of gas infrastructure facilities,” the operator of the Prigorodnoye facility said on Monday.

To remind the firm said on August 18 it had launched production only at the first out of two trains at the LNG export plant.

Maintenance work began on July 9 and Sakhalin Energy previously said it had expected to complete the works in August.

The turnaround campaign took place at several assets, including the Lunskoye-A offshore gas production platform, the onshore processing facility, OPF compression construction site, booster station No. 2, and the Prigorodnoye production complex.

Overall, 3,000 company and contractor team members completed about 1,600 work orders and accumulated over 1.2 million man-hours without a single lost time incident, according to Sakhalin Energy.

The Sakhalin-2 LNG facility produced and shipped record 11.6 million tonnes of LNG last year. This is equivalent to 178.6 standard cargoes.

It started producing LNG back in 2009 with a design capacity of 9.6 mtpa, but due to technical improvements and upgrades, together with weather and temperature conditions, production rose by 20 percent.

Moreover, most of these volumes land in Japan, followed by South Korea, Taiwan, and China.

Sakhalin Energy’s shareholders include operator Gazprom, major partner Shell, and Japan’s Mitsui and Co., and Mitsubishi Corporation.

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