By threat - most of the fleet ordered by the company under Yamal LNG.
The invisible battle between the Rosneft and Novatek companies for a place under the Arctic "sun" continues.
However, there is no real pressure from outside on the project, according to experts polled by Forbes.
A good and very clear example of how Russian companies adjust to the sanctions is the gas giant Novatek. For Leonid Mikhelson's entry into the sanctions list there are more economic reasons than political ones, but this did not prevent Novatek from launching its main project, Yamal LNG.
The joint project of Novatek and Chinese and French investors in the Russian Arctic can reach the planned capacity of gas production already in 2018.
Two gas carriers of the company arrived in China, the third one will come to the end of July.
Leonid Mikhelson's company does not have enough tankers for exporting gas from the Yamal LNG project.
The attack of the head of Rosneft on Novatek Leonid Mikhelson could have the goal of forcing the latter to make room in the Yamal LNG hydrocarbon project.
Rosneft is lobbying the government of the Russian Federation to ban from 2019 the transportation of raw materials for export to the Arctic by foreign vessels. This will make it possible to load orders being built in the Primorye Territory of the SSC "Star" and strike a blow at Novatek company Leonid Mikhelson, who ordered gas carriers in South Korea.
Vyborg Shipyard, a part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, broke the deadlines for the surrender of three such ships at once.