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 whole company is estimated at 20-26 billion dollars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the list of the richest people of the planet according to Bloomberg included 27 Russians. The richest of them was Alexei Mordashov, who occupies 47th place in the world ranking.
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.
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.
By 2030, its share may amount to two-thirds of total production in the country.
During the auction at Christie's auction, Leonardo da Vinci's "Savior of the World" went up four times and was sold for 450.3 million dollars. The canvas belonged to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, he bought it for $ 127 million.
The deputy mayor assured the magazine that the property bought by the president's relatives was purchased exclusively for honestly earned money.