Gazprom actively developing helium industry in Russia
It was highlighted that helium is one of the most sought-after of noble gases. Due to its unique properties, helium is in demand in various high-tech industries, for instance, the aerospace, nuclear and electronics industries, as well as metallurgy and healthcare.
The world's largest importer of helium is the Asia-Pacific region. According to preliminary assessment, in 2023, Asia-Pacific countries accounted for about 35 per cent of global consumption. The growth of helium demand in said region is expected to continue. Helium consumption in Russia is also foreseen to grow.
The Russian Federation is among the world leaders in terms of its helium reserves. Large-scale domestic production of helium is mainly provided by two enterprises of Gazprom: the Orenburg helium plant and the
The Amur GPP is the world's largest helium producer. After the plant reaches its full capacity, its helium output will be at 60 million cubic meters. In 2023, Gazprom brought two helium units of the Amur GPP to their full design capacity. The start-up operations for the equipment were performed without any participation of the western licensor. The third helium unit is currently under construction at the plant.
The unique membrane unit for helium concentrate extraction was installed at the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia. Said unit is used to reduce the helium content in the gas fed into the
Liquid helium is delivered from the Amur GPP in special thermally-insulated containers which are carried by gas-fueled KAMAZ-5490 NEO freight trucks custom-made for Gazprom. These trucks bring the containers to the world's largest helium hub which is located in the Primorye Territory and was built by Gazprom for the servicing of such containers. From this hub, liquid helium is sent to the global market by sea and road. Since September 2023, as many as 110 thermally-insulated containers filled with more than 470 tons of liquid helium have been shipped to Russian and foreign consumers from the Amur GPP.
With the purpose of further development of the domestic helium industry, Gazprom actively cooperates with Russian enterprises and research institutions. For instance, there are a number of manufacturers currently engaged by the Company into organizing the batch production of thermally-insulated containers.
The issue of the development of projects for the production and sales of helium and other noble gases will be submitted for consideration by the Gazprom
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