Dredging at the port of Sabetta completed, increasing depth of the shipping channel to 15.10 m. The local authorities dredged sand with volume of about 17.5 million cbm to widen the approach channel to 315.00 m and the shipping way to 205.00 m. The dredging of the port at the sea channel of Ob river aimed to provide availability for entering of LNG and LPG tankers with draft of up to 12.00 m, responding to the increased export needs of LNG from Yamal gas field. The LNG production from the fiel is scheduled for 2017 and will continue at least 35 years.
The port of Sabetta is an Arctic port near the village on the west bank of the Ob Bay at the Kara Sea. The port is designed to provide transshipment of hydrocarbons from the South Tambeyskoye gas field in the Yamal Peninsula to Western Europe, North and South America, as well as the Asia-Pacific region.
The first cargo ships moored to the quay Sabetta in October 2013. The project, which includes the construction of marine and approach channel, shore facilities, vessel traffic management systems, cost approximately 1.12 billion USD. The port of Sabetta was created in relation with yamal LNG project, which is building an LNG plant with capacity of 16.5 million tons per year, which cost was estimated at 26.9 billion USD.