Overall progress of the Amur Gas Processing Plant construction in September 2021 reached 80.9%

October 1, 2021 10:54

The first and second process lines of the Amur Gas Processing Plant have been put into operation. The first helium extraction, liquefaction and loading unit with a capacity of 20 million cubic meters of helium per year has been put into operation. Shipment of helium from the Amur Gas Processing Plant to the world's largest helium hub of Gazprom in Vladivostok has commenced.

89% of the process pipelines have been installed on the third process line, and proper strength tests are being conducted thereof. Commissioning is nearing completion at the substation of the NGL and helium separation units, and preparations are underway for power supply. Welding and strength tests have been completed on the units of the second helium plant, and the systems are being prepared for handover to commissioning.

Cold block modules are being assembled at the fifth process line. Building cladding is in progress. Fire protection is being applied on the main steel structures and foundations for large-sized equipment are being erected at the sixth process line. Navigation of 2021 has been successfully completed. 51 units of large-sized heavy cargo with a total weight of over 5.5 thousand tons were delivered.

Background:

Construction of the Amur Gas Processing Plant in the area of Svobodny town, Amur Region, is has been underway since October 2015 and was commenced as part of the Eastern Gas Program of PJSC Gazprom. Its design processing capacity amounts to 42 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually. Amur GPP will annually produce around 38 billion of cubic meters of purified methane fraction for supply to China on basis of a long-term contract, 2.4 million tons of ethane, 1.5 million tons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and 200 thousand tons of pentane and hexane fraction. One of the main products of the Amur GPP is helium. Helium is extremely demanded by high-tech industries.

Amur GPP is going to be the world's leader of helium production with its annual capacity of 60 million cubic meters of helium. The Amur GPP project includes six process trains with annual capacity of 7 billion cubic meters each and three helium purification and liquefaction plants with capacity of 20 million cubic meters each. To date, the first two lines of the plant have been put into operation, as well as the first helium purification, liquefaction and packaging plant. Shipment of helium from the Amur Gas Processing Plant to the world's largest helium hub in Vladivostok commenced. Phased startup of other lines of Amur GPP is aligned with development of PJSC Gazprom capacities in Yakutia and Irkutsk Region.