However, there is no real pressure from outside on the project, according to experts polled by Forbes.
The company announced the discovery of an offshore field in the Arctic with reserves of at least 320 billion cubic meters.
Mega projects of Novatek, which would not have been possible without the partnership of Leonid Mikhelson and Gennady Timchenko, can make them the richest people in Russia - with a big gap from competitors in the Forbes rating.
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.
Both oligarchs increased their fortunes by 1.4 billion dollars due to the growth of Novatek shares.
Its capacity is 20 million tons of 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.
Out of 23.49% of the shares of the gas company owned by him, he transferred 19.16% to the dummy company "Ena Invest". Perhaps for the purpose of further sale or collateral. Now such a package is estimated at 500 billion rubles.
German authorities accuse the co-owner of the company Novatek and the former State Duma deputy in the illegal acquisition of the ancient castle of Reinhardsbrunn and intend to take away the property.
Novatek plans to reduce its stake in the project to 60%. At the same time, without the financial and tax support of the state, this project is not consistent.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade introduced a draft law to the government on restricting admission to the Northern Sea Route of gas-carriers of foreign construction. Will suffer from this "Novatek" Leonid Mikhelson. Attack on it is supported by Rosneft Igor Sechin.
Regulation of tariffs both the monopolist and consumers are dissatisfied. According to the owner of NLMK Vladimir Lisin, it is not the case of the antimonopoly authority to regulate prices "at the corners", without taking into account other factors. But the government will make the final decision.
Leonid Mikhelson's company does not have enough tankers for exporting gas from the Yamal LNG project.
Both companies intend to build LNG icebreakers.
FAS will not be able to publish information on the upcoming transactions of large companies, and they will, by the decision of the government, have the right not to disclose some of their data. The corresponding draft was prepared by the Ministry of Economic Development.
The ex-wife of a billionaire who conducts a lawsuit with him doubts that her ex-husband is a Muslim. Akhmedov himself is not going to recognize the decision of the High Court of London, but intends to apply to the Sharia court of the UAE.
Member of the Supervisory Board of Alfa Group, Herman Khan, talked about his attitude to the Kremlin list, the reasons for increasing the role of the state in business and how much the Wintershall DEA could cost.
Forbes presented the rating of the heirs of the richest businessmen of Russia for the third time. The first place was taken by Yusuf Alekperov, the second place was occupied by the children of Leonid Mikhelson, "bronze" - in the son and daughter of Andrei Melnichenko.
The company creates its own Arctic fleet.
Forbes magazine published the 15th updated rating of Russia's 200 richest businessmen, whose overall condition is estimated at $ 485 billion.
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.
The company will liquefy gas with partial use of natural cold.
The Ministry of Natural Resources did not want to impose the privileges of the LNG producer in the law.
The list of richest people in Russia, according to Forbes magazine, was replaced by the leader. He became the owner of a controlling stake in the Novolipetsk Metallurgical Combine (NLMK) Vladimir Lisin. His state of the publication was estimated at 19.1 billion dollars.
The oil company no longer wants to buy the gas assets of the diamond miner.