LNG for Russia is becoming an increasingly relevant topic


SPGDeputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak held a meeting on the development of LNG production in Russia. It was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Energy, leading companies implementing LNG projects, – Gazprom, Novatek, Rosneft, Rosatom, as well as Russian scientists, including the rector of St. Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko.

"The strategic objective and future for our gas exports is the development of LNG production, which in the medium term should reach at least 100 million tons per year. To date, according to the implemented projects, production is about 33 million tons. Taking into account the projects under construction, plants in Ust-Luga and Arctic LNG 2, Russia will produce 66 million tons of LNG per year. It is necessary to additionally find a resource base for projects for another 34 million tons of LNG per year, organize complex interaction between authorities and companies, ensure the localization of large- and medium-sized equipment for the LNG industry, work out measures to reduce administrative barriers, – said the Deputy Prime Minister, opening the discussion.

The Ministry of Energy, with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, is to develop a "road map" project with a share of domestic technologies of 80% of the industry's needs, to monitor the opportunities and risks of Russian LNG production, taking into account global demand, to consolidate the plans of companies to create and purchase equipment and technologies, followed by the organization of their serial production.

“The main problem of the LNG industry is the demand for specialists, which far exceeds the supply. It is necessary to solve the problem of providing human resources for the development of domestic LNG production, to coordinate the efforts of customers to develop their own technologies for the production of equipment for LNG – from heat exchangers to turbines, which can then be mass-produced, as well as to work out the provision of projects with a resource base with profitable gas reserves, – said Vladimir Litvinenko.

Alexander Novak instructed the meeting participants to form working groups in areas, assess the level of import independence in the industry, and create a "road map" localization of equipment and technologies for LNG production, assess demand, the situation with personnel training and provide new promising projects with a resource base.

Government of the Russian Federation