Russia’s first LNG Plant was launched ten years ago, on 18 February 2009.
The official Plant launch ceremony held on Sakhalin in February 2009 was attended by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Japan Taro Aso, Minister of Economics of the Netherlands Maria van der Hoeven, and British Prince Edward, Duke of York, as well as managers of shareholder companies and leading energy companies in the APR.
In 2010, the LNG Plant at Prigorodnoye Asset reached its full design capacity of 9.6 million tonnes of LNG per annum. Later, the performance optimisation programme helped to increase the output by 20%.
The commissioning of Russia’s first LNG Plant paved a new energy route for our country by strengthening Russia’s geopolitical influence as the supplier of energy resources to the APR markets. These achievements became a reality through many years of effort from the Russian Party under Sakhalin-2, shareholders, and partners of Sakhalin Energy.
During the visit to the Plant on the anniversary date, Acting Governor of the Sakhalin Oblast Valeriy Limarenko commented, "Ten years ago, we reached a new significant milestone of the Russian gas industry. The island region set up new high-performing production capacities equipped with state-of-the-art technologies. That is why Sakhalin set an example for all new LNG projects currently implemented from the Baltic to the Arctic."
Valeriy Limarenko (left) and Roman Dashkov (right) at the central control panel of the LNG plant
Roman Dashkov, Chief Executive Officer of Sakhalin Energy, congratulated Plant employees on the jubilee and thanked everyone who took part in project implementation. “You had many challenges on your way, but you overcame all difficulties through your persistence, supported by your adamant belief in the multiple benefits of the Sakhalin-2 Project. To this day, our Plant remains one of the most advanced facilities that meets the highest standards," he said.
Currently, the Sakhalin LNG Plant strengthens Russia's positions as a large producer of energy resources and supplies about 3.6% of the global volume of liquefied natural gas and about 4.8% of the LNG market in the Asia-Pacific Region.
At the end of 2018, the company shipped 100 million tonnes of LNG to its customers in Japan, South Korea, China, and Taiwan.
18 February 2019