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A Massive Natural Gas Plant Rises In The Arctic

With the help of its Russian partner, Novatek, and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), French energy giant Total has created an uprecedented liquid natural gas plant on the frozen Yamal Peninsula, some 370 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

Building Yamal LNG
Building Yamal LNG
Anne Feitz

SABETTA — Snow, wind, frigid temperatures surround an enormous factory with towering cranes, bundled-up men, and glacier-splitting ships. Here, visitors move around the area in buses designed to withstand snowstorms and drive on icy roads. It's common to see small Arctic foxes trotting around the blue-and-orange buildings that house the 15,000 people who work here.

Welcome to Sabetta. It's here in the Siberian Arctic, about 1,550 miles away from Moscow, that the energy company Total's massive Russian project, Yamal LNG, is unfolding. With its partners Novatek and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), the French oil giant operates a mega gas field and factory on these drylands. The factory refreezes the gas to temperatures of -256 °F (-160 °C) to transport it by boat and sell it anywhere in the world.

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Venezuela-Iran: Maduro And The Axios Of Chaos In The Americas

With the complicity of leftist rulers in Venezuela, Bolivia and even Argentina, Iran's sanction-ridden regime is spreading its tentacles in South America, and could even undermine democracies.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro visiting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on June 11. Venezuela is one of Iran's closest allies, and both are subject to tough U.S. sanctions.

Julio Borges

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CARACAS —The dangers posed by Venezuela's relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is something we've warned about before. Though not new, the dangers have changed considerably in recent years.

They began under Venezuela's late leader, Hugo Chávez , when he decided to turn his back on the West and move closer to countries outside our geopolitical sphere. In 2005, Chávez and Iran's then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, signed collaborative agreements in areas beyond the economy, with goals that included challenging the West and spreading Iran's presence in Latin America.

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