The first year-round oil export from the new oil export terminal at Aniva Bay took place in December 2008. The LNG plant was officially inaugurated on February 18, 2009 and the first LNG cargo started its journey to Japan in March 2009. Overall construction work for the project was completed in 2009.
More than 25,000 people worked at the project at the peak of its construction.
Sakhalin-2 lays the foundation for Russia to become a leading energy exporter to the highly competitive energy markets of the Asia-Pacific region.
Sakhalin-2 is technically challenging. It is equivalent in size to five world-scale projects, located in a hostile subarctic environment, and covers a vast area in a region with almost no existing infrastructure. There are also environmental, ecological and social sensitivities to be tackled. The float-over installation of the topsides for the PA-B platform set a world record at some 28,000 tonnes. The previous record was held by the Lunskoye-A platform at 22,000 tonnes.
Two 800-kilometre pipelines, which bring oil and gas from the fields in the north of the island to the ice-free export terminal in the south, traverse mountainous terrain in an earthquake zone and cross more than 1,000 watercourses, many of which are ecologically sensitive.