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Yamal LNG carrier to be named after late Total CEO, Christophe de Margerie

03rd November 2014

Total’s late CEO, Christophe de Margerie, has received major recognition in Russia for his commitment to the nation’s oil and gas industry, with president Putin granting him a posthumous award of the Order of Honour and approving the naming after him of a tanker at the Yamal LNG project by Total’s partner Novatek, according to reports

Yamal LNG carrier to be named after late Total CEO Christophe de Margerie
Total has a 10 per cent interest in the Novatek-operated Yamal LNG project in Russia’s Far East

The idea to name the tanker after the late Total chief executive was forwarded by Novatek chairman Leonid Mikhelson.

Total, under de Margerie’s leadership, has remained doggedly supportive of continuing operations in Russia and with Russian firms in spite of exterior international relations.

“I would like to say that we have lost a perfect partner Christophe de Margerie,” said Mikhelson to Russian news agency, Itar-TASS.

De Margerie was killed in an accident on 20 October as his private aircraft crashed whilst attempted to take off from Moscow’s Vkunovo Airport. The accident killed all on board – three crew members and de Margerie.

 “We decided to make this initiative, asked his family to name a tanker which will deliver the produce after him,” noted Mikhelson.

“We have started this project together with him. I believe that this decision would be correct. He was a person enjoying high respect in the world.”

“He was a dignified man and this is certainly absolutely suitable to immortalise his memory,” Putin replied. “He was a good and reliable partner.”

Total has a 10 per cent interest in the Novatek-operated Yamal LNG project in Russia’s Far East.

Putin has also approved the posthumous granting of an Order of Honour award to recognise de Margerie’s commitment to Russian business.

“For major contribution to strengthening economic and cultural ties between Russia and France, Christophe de Margerie - Total’s CEO and Chairman and a French national - shall be awarded with the Order of Honour (posthumously),” says the text of the decree.

 

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