PAO NOVATEK has inaugurated NOVATEK’s Laboratory and Research Center in Tyumen that would significantly expand the Company’s scientific and technical capabilities. The cutting-edge center includes laboratories for comprehensive studies of core samples, fluids, drilling muds and cement slurry, hydraulic fracturing fluids and proppants, and permafrost as well as incorporates an oil & gas production equipment reliability lab and an environment monitoring lab. Apart from the laboratories, the facility comprises a core samples storage and a lab samples warehouse. The new center has unique equipment that is one of a kind in Russia.PAO NOVATEK is the largest independent natural gas producer in Russia, and in 2017, entered the global LNG market by successfully launching the Yamal LNG project. Founded in 1994, the Company is engaged in the exploration, production, processing and marketing of natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons. Upstream activities of the Company’s subsidiaries and joint ventures are concentrated mainly in the prolific Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region, which is the world’s largest natural gas producing area and accounts for approximately 80% of Russia’s natural gas production and approximately 15% of the world’s gas production.