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S. V. Fedoseev
S. V. Fedoseev
Director, Dr.Habil.
Luzin Institute for Economic Studies, Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Apatity Russia
Director, Dr.Habil.
Luzin Institute for Economic Studies, Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Apatity
Russia
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  • Date submitted
    2020-06-12
  • Date accepted
    2020-06-15
  • Date published
    2020-12-25

Analysis of project organization specifics in small-scale LNG production

Gas industry plays an important role in the global energy sector, and in the coming decades amountsof natural gas production will only increase. One of the fastest growing trends in gas industry is the production of liquefiednatural gas (LNG), which is associated with the necessity to organize flexible systems of gas supply to the regions,remote from gas extraction sites. Industrial structure of LNG production includes projects, belonging to several different groups depending to their scale, in particular, small-scale production (SSLNG), cumulative production capacityof which is approximately 10 % from the industry-wide one. Economic aspects of implementing such projects remainunderexplored, which does not allow to draw objective conclusions regarding the prospects of their implementationin particular regions.This paper contains a review of publications, devoted to SSLNG project studies, aimed at identifying specifics oftheir organization compared to projects of greater scale. The results demonstrate that the majority of internationalcompanies classify projects as SSLNG, if their annual production capacity is below 0.5 million tonnes per annum.Specific capital costs, as well as implementation timelines of such projects, are several times lower than those of projects with greater production capacity, which reduces their risks and minimizes barriers to market entry. Furthermore,SSLNG is the most decentralized subsector in gas industry, aiming to cover the market due to a growing numberof projects, not their specific production capacity. These specific features define significant prospects of SSLNGdevelopment in Russia, both in the context of energy supply to remote regions and diversification of export deliveries.

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Pavel S. Tsvetkov, S. V. Fedoseev (2020) Analysis of project organization specifics in small-scale LNG production. Journal of Mining Institute. Vol 246. p. 678-686. DOI: 10.31897/PMI.2020.6.10