The acquisition of Engie's LNG business in 2018 has restored Total's position as second largest portfolio player after Shell. Its focus on LNG investment is part of a wider company shift to ‘cleaner fuels’. The group views its LNG portfolio as long term in nature and as a facilitator for monetising its own molecules, but has also become more active as an LNG trader in recent years. The company is undergoing a strong phase of growth – its LNG contract portfolio will increase from 8 Mt in 2017 to 24 Mt in 2020. Yamal LNG (Russia) was successfully delivered and ramped up quicker than expected. Ichthys started end of 2018, although with significant delays and cost overruns. The group is also increasing its offtake from third-party US volumes and integrating numerous contracts transferred from Engie.