The Yemen LNG liquefaction facility commenced LNG production last week, project leader Total announced.

The project involves the use of a 320km dedicated pipelines to supply gas from Block 18 in central Yemen’s Marib area to the LNG plant at the port of Balhaf on Yemen’s southern coast.

The facility commenced production with the initial train, while the development of the second train is currently in progress. Total annual LNG production capacity will be 6.7 millions tons, according to Total.

The Yemen LNG project is one of the biggest projects in the country.

LNG from Yemen LNG will be exported to the Atlantic and Asian markets following three gas sales agreements signed in 2005 with GDF-Suez, Kogas, and Total Gas and Power.

Total owns a 39.62% interest in the field.