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Sakhalin II gears up for full production
The last major offshore gas well is being completed at the Lunskoye platform in Russia's sub-Arctic Sea of Okhotsk preparing the way for full production capacity of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Sakhalin II, one of the world's largest integrated oil and gas projects. Production at Sakhalin II's first LNG unit got under way in March 2009 with a flawless start-up programme. Completion of the final gas well - Russia's largest - is a vital step towards starting operations at its second LNG unit. Full capacity of 9.6 million tonnes a year is expected to be reached in 2010.