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Wilfried Vandersippe

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Wilfried Vandersippe, Yamal LNG asset director


After earning an Engineering degree from the École spéciale des travaux publics, du bâtiment et de l’industrie (ESTP Paris) and a Master’s at IFP School, Wilfried Vandersippe joined Total in 1999, where he began his career as an economist at the company headquarters.


He was then put in charge of a flow assurance R&D project in 2001, after which he went on to hold various project management and development positions in Argentina, Nigeria, Cameroon and Norway.


Wilfried Vandersippe now works as an asset director in Russia for the Yamal LNG plant.



  • Yamal LNG asset, August 2016, to present: management lead at Yamal LNG for Total. This asset represents an investment of 30 billion dollars. The plant is expected to begin production in 2017, with an estimated annual production of 16.5 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas by 2019.
  • Martin Linge project in Norway from 2011 to 2016: for this project, Wilfried was in charge of subsea development and power supply via cables for the platform, earning him an Innovation award in 2016.
  • Head of development studies in Cameroon and Nigeria for gas projects and new projects from 2007 to 2011.
  • Engineering manager for the Nigerian subsidiary, with a special focus on the Ofon 2 project from 2005 to 2007.
  • Technologist for the Rio Cullen and Cañadon Alpha site in Argentina from 2003 to 2005.
  • Head of R&D projects in Norway from 2001 to 2003, focusing on the field of flow assurance.



  • Wilfried Vandersippe has authored or co-authored articles on flow assurance and hydrates. He received the top prize from Total communication in 2002 for an article on restarting fields in hydrate zones that appeared in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) publication.

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