Buildings of the administrative and amenity complex on the territory of the plant with rest rooms and meals, showers, ergonomic furniture and everything necessary for productive work are being gradually put into operation. For example, the interiors of the recreation area in the central operator room of the Amur Gas Processing Plant are made to measure: one can drink tea or coffee, have a snack, relax in comfortable chairs in this comfortable and stylish room. «It is very important to create unhindered comfortable working conditions for the professionals for reliable operation of the modern giant plant,» says Danis Fayruzov, Chief Engineer and First Deputy General Director of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC.
Dozens of seedlings were planted by the employees of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk together with students of Gazprom class near the Svobodny school 1 in May. Victory Alley was created in 2020 for the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War on the initiative of the employees of the Amur Gas Processing Plant. Last year, about 300 different types of trees and shrubs were planted: thuja, viburnum, dasiphora, Ussuri acacia, Amur cork tree, and others. In 2021, the Memory campaign was continued by planting 100 seedlings of red mountain ash, linden, cherry, hydrangea, and mock oranges. The campaign was supported not only by the students of the second team of the Svobodny Gazprom class, but also by the citizens. Large-scale landscaping in Svobodny takes place annually in the spring within the framework of EKO-Svoboda volunteering project initiated by the Public Council of the Amur GPP/GCC. All seedlings are purchased in Amur nurseries.
With the participation of the representatives of the developers of the process equipment, specialists in the field of gas processing work out their practical skills of starting up the Amur GPP units at the on computer training complexes. More than fifty employees of the plant have already completed training and improved their skills.
This has made it possible to significantly improve the nutrition in the institution, to feed the students in a balanced way and with maximum benefit.
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Commissioning is underway on the first process line of the Amur Gas Processing Plant under Gazprom's Eastern Program. To ensure that all professionals are capable of performing their duties, a large-scale vaccination campaign has been launched in the company's hospital. Nino Kokhreidze-Bushueva, correspondent of Vesti — Amur Region program, will tell more about it. https://gtrkamur.ru
Mechanical availability of the main gas separation unit of the first process line of the Amur Gas Processing Plant has been achieved. Hundreds of professionals of the project owner Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk, general contractor NIPIGAS, supplier of the equipment of the partner companies are currently involved in commissioning. Preparation of the equipment of the methane extraction column (demethanizer) for operation is the longest and takes about 30 days.
Masha Gevorgyan, an eight-year-old from Svobodny, has recently received a long-awaited electric wheelchair with a step walker. Now, this girl with cerebral palsy can easily leave her house to spend more time outdoors. As part of Krylya charity marathon, Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk supported the request of the Amur branch of the Russian Children's Fund for three children diagnosed with cerebral palsy from the town of Svobodny, and funds have been allocated for the purchase of strollers and a rehabilitation course.
When it reaches its full capacity in 2025, the Amur Gas Processing Plant will produce 60 million cubic meters of helium per year. This will immediately put Russia among the largest players in the world market of the this valuable gas. Watch the video to find out who needs helium and what for.
Commissioning is in progress at start-up complex 1. The site is connected to Power of Siberia main gas pipeline. All four tie-ins of the commercial and feed gas pipelines have been completed. Feed gas is now supplied to the feed gas dehydration and treatment unit at process line 1, and the equipment is being set up. Preparation of Ladoga gas pumping unit 1 for gas reception and hot start have been completed at the booster compressor stations; alignment and cold start of Ladoga GPU 2 are underway. Preparation for reception of dehydrated gas is being completed at the ethane, NGL and nitrogen and helium mix unit. Functional tests of the equipment are carried out at the units of process line 1 simultaneously. The first three spherical tanks of the product and feed area of the Amur Gas Processing Plant are ready for operation. Air is supplied to the mains at the nitrogen and air station, and preparations are being made for the supply of nitrogen to the mains. Main construction and installation at the water treatment facilities have been completed, and commissioning at the water treatment plant has begun.
Students answered questions about the events of the Great Patriotic War in their classroom. Dictation of Victory was held today throughout Russia and in other countries of the world, and it was dedicated to the next anniversary of the Victory Day. Everyone had a chance to take part in the campaign both in person on the regional level and on the website or in Dictation of Victory app.
They will ensure the reception and storage of propane, butane, natural gas liquids (NGL), and pentane and hexane fraction produced at the first start-up complex of the plant. Further, the feedstock and product area facilities will be put into operation as the production lines are launched. Spherical tanks and pipelines have been successfully tested for leaks, and a large number of loop and functional tests have been performed. Finishing of the feedstock and product area switch room as well as the hardware room is nearing completion. Safety of operation will be ensured by a fire-fighting system consisting of three water tanks with a volume of 5,000 cubic meters each, a pumping station with a maximum capacity of more than 2,100 cubic meters per hour. The feedstock and product area comprises of 20 spherical tanks with a volume of 2,400 cubic meters each. Welding, installation, and hydraulic tests are being performed and thermal insulation and protective coating are being applied on the remaining tanks.
Helium is one of the most important products of the Amur Gas Processing Plant. The first of three units for treatment, liquefaction and loading of helium of our plant will produce 20 million cubic meters per year. After the startup of all three units, production will reach 60 million cubic meters. This is comparable to the amount of production of all US sites and significantly exceeds the capabilities of Qatar (45 million cubic meters), Algeria (14 million cubic meters) and Australia (4 million cubic meters). We invite you to see what the first helium unit of the Amur Gas Processing Plant looks like. Ruslan Bukembayev, head of the helium production unit 1 of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC, will guide the tour.
Insulation of the equipment is completed at the gas separation unit of process line 1. Cold box is being filled with perlite. Installation of steel structures on process line 4 continues. A rack is being erected on process line 5 for installation of large-sized equipment in the summer of 2021. The first pair of gas pumping units (GPU) Ladoga-32 is ready for cold start. Additional leak tests are being carried out at the feed gas drying and treatment unit 1. Oil pumping of the main air and nitrogen compressors was performed at the nitrogen and air station. Tests of the measuring pipeline, electrical equipment and electrical cable were carried out at the feed gas metering stations. Three flare stacks were lifted and trail ignition was performed on the first stack. Central operator room is now supplied with electricity according to the permanent mode. Filling of all 6 reservoirs with water is completed at the construction site of the water treatment facilities.
Dozens of professionals from the production divisions of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC, the fire and rescue service of the Amur team of the East Siberian paramilitary unit of Gazprom Gazobezopasnost LLC, as well as fire services and emergency rescue units of the contractors and subcontractors of NIPIGAS JSC participated in the drill. The drills were conducted on the territory of the feedstock and product storage area and the units of start-up complex 1 (process line 1 and 2).
Employees of the Amur Gas Processing Plant will receive company housing with finishing, furniture, household appliances, lighting devices, and even mirrors. A communication center, a garage for utility equipment, a boiler room, a communication network and structure, water supply and sewerage complex, as well as power grid facilities are being built at the first stage of construction of the district simultaneously with the residential facilities,. The developer Zhiloy Mikrorayon LLC stressed that they plan to finish the school and kindergarten next year and to put such social infrastructure facilities as the community center and sports complex into operation by 2024, which will be handed over to the management organizations thereafter and will begin to accept not only employees of the Amur GPP, but also the town residents. The new residential district in Svobodny built for the employees of the Amur Gas Processing Plant will have 42 five-story apartment buildings and 36 townhouses with a total area of more than 180 thousand square meters. Cast-in-place reinforced concrete with increased wall thickness can withstand earthquakes up to 7 points. Artesian wells have been drilled for the water supply of the district, and the construction of a water treatment complex and modern wastewater treatment facilities is planned. Heat and hot water will be supplied by the onsite boiler house with six boilers.
The second-graders learned to avoid threats and injuries in everyday life, to react quickly and skillfully to dangerous situations, and to analyze risks in everyday life in a playful way. «The experts told about proper behavior on the roads and in case of a potential terrorist attack, how to behave in a forest, about the rules for operating electrical appliances, about the types and causes of poisoning, the risks of getting burns. The children left the classroom with smiles and made the right conclusions. A lot of comprehensive work has been carried out. Thank you. We liked it very much,» Irina Tsemenya, Director of Yukhta school, thanked the specialists of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC who conducted the lesson. The Safety and Me project was launched in late 2019 in Svobodny on the initiative of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC (owner and investor of construction of the Amur Gas Processing Plant) and Visit Youth Leisure Center public association. Lessons for children of primary and secondary classes are held in an interactive form with the elements of a game. Students are taught about vital things: The risks of falling, the danger of being at ponds without supervision, actions in case of fire, poisoning, insect and animal bites.
«The most vivid impression from my trip to the Amur region is the Amur Gas Processing Plant. They are, of course, doing a great job. It was of course not my first time there, but the pace at which this technological location is growing is impressive. A huge amount of investment, a huge and well-coordinated work of people, and most importantly, it only commands respect that they move without disrupting the schedule. Despite the pandemic, they do not complain about anyone or anything, they work at the construction site with 35 thousand people, and everything is done on time. This, of course, inspires respect. And the potential of the gas processing plant is a huge contribution to the Russian economy and the economy of the Amur region,» Yuri Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation — Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District, shared his impressions after the visit.
Commissioning at the cryogenic gas separation unit of the first process line of the Amur Gas Processing Plant. Loop tests of compressors and expanders are in progress. At the moment, the professionals are conducting additional tightness tests on the process pipelines, as well as functional tests of the emergency shutdown system. Compressors are designed to compress the hydrocarbon gas to the pressure required for gas separation processes. The purpose of expanders is low-temperature cooling of dehydrated natural gas by step-by-step pressure reduction, followed by condensation and production of valuable components in the process chain. A special feature of this process at the Amur Gas Processing Plant is additional generation of power in the process of lowering the temperature, which increases the energy efficiency of gas processing.
Large-scale drill has been held in order to protect the settlements of the Svobodnensky district and the facilities of the Amur Gas Processing Plant from wildfires today. The fire and rescue teams of the plant contractors, fire departments from Svobodny, Belogorsk, Shimanovsk and Tsiolkovsky, the military fire safety unit of the Ministry of Defense, voluntary fire departments of municipalities, as well as the fire and chemical station of the Svobodnensky Forestry combined their forces and resources for this. Twenty two pieces of equipment and about 200 professionals were involved in the drill. According to the assessment of the EMERCOM of Russ in the Amur region, the drill has been held at a high level, and the professionals of all departments coped well with the tasks set.
The installation of process pipelines has been completed on the Licenced Units of Start-up Complex 1 (1st and 2nd process lines), and work is in progress to insulate and install its electric heat systems. Commissioning works at the Compressor station are under completion. The first flare stack was lifted into upright position and got ready. First pair of gas pumping units Ladoga-32 are being prepared to be started-up.
Flare stack has been launched at the Amur Gas Processing Plant. Plant specialists filled the flare system equipment with gas and lit the flare burners in the early morning hours of February 20. Flare stack of the Amur Gas Processing Plant is 70 meters high. Flares at the GPP is an important element of ensuring the safety of the process.
Winter sunset at the Amur Gas Processing Plant.
First month of 2021 has added almost two percent to the overall progress of construction of the Amur Gas Processing Plant. In January, the overall degree of completion of the future giant of Gazprom was 72%. Distributed control systems (DCS), emergency shutdown system (ESD), and gas contamination control systems are being transferred to commissioning at the first start-up complex (process line 1 and 2) and the first helium unit. Construction and installation are underway on all process lines. First large-capacity equipment has been installed at the gas separation and helium liquefaction units on process line 5, and the foundations are being erected under giant columns and the fourth pair of Ladoga gas pumping units is being installed on process line 6. In January, works on the key facilities of the utilities, infrastructure and offsites necessary for the launch of the first start-up complex have entered the final stage. In particular, finishing works are almost complete in the priority premises of the central operator room, and the boiler equipment is being set up in the administrative and amenities area. Heat has been supplied to the administrative and industrial buildings of the first priority: the fire extinguishing pump station; the water treatment station; the fire station; the power supply building. The key reservoirs of the water treatment facilities with a volume of 10,000 cubic meters are available to receive water. Preparations are underway to lift the flare stack. The first start-up complex, including the first two production lines and the helium unit, is planned to be put into operation in 2021.
Thermal insulation of the gas separation unit columns on the first process line as well as installation of the process pipelines at the first helium extraction, liquefaction and loading unit are complete. Switchboards and indoor switchgears of the first process line are ready for handover to Rosenergoatom. Availability of the substations of the first start-up complex to supply power is also being checked. Installation of the equipment delivered in 2020 navigation period is almost complete. Components of the cold box are being installed onto their permanent foundation on the fourth process line. Installation of the main steel structures on the third and fourth process lines has been completed. Equipment is being installed and steel structures are being assembled on the fifth and sixth process lines. Hydraulic testing of the pipelines at the commercial gas metering stations is underway. Hydraulic testing of the pipelines in the boiler room of the administration area is complete. Tank farm of the water treatment facilities has been tested. Hydraulic tests of the fire water storage tanks and spherical tanks are underway at the feedstock and product storage area. Amur Gas Processing Plant will become one of the world's largest natural gas processing plants. Its design capacity will amount to 42 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Commercial products of the plant include methane, ethane, propane, butane, pentane and hexane fraction, and helium. Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC (member of the Gazprom Group) acts as the project investor and owner. Construction is managed by NIPIGAS JSC, the leading Russian company in charge of management of engineering, procurement, logistics, and construction.
Large-capacity equipment for the fourth process train has been delivered to the temporary jetty of the Amur GPP. Gas separation columns were transported to the construction site mainly at night to ensure proper traffic safety. Readiness for installation of the main process equipment of the fourth train is fully ensured. Commissioning is underway at the first start-up complex (first and second lines). Compressor station systems of the first process line are being handed over for oil flushing. Process pipelines are being tested. Steel structures are being erected for the third and fourth lines. Commissioning activities are underway in the main distribution substation and at the power facilities. Operations on the priority gas metering units are nearing completion. Construction of the medical center with a modern CT and PCR laboratory complex is complete. #AmurGPP #GazpromPererabotkaBlagoveshchensk #Svobodny
The most large-size equipment for the 4th process train — Methanizer Column (Demethanizer) — has been delivered at the Amur GPP jetty. This is also the most large-size and heavy-weight equipment out of all equipment that will be delivered at the Amur GPP during a summer navigation period in 2020. The weight of the demethanizer column is 870 tons with its length reaching 88 m. Cranes with capacities of 1350 and 750 tons have been erected at the Amur GPP temporary jetty facility for handling operations. Truck cranes and self-propelled modular transporters have been mobilized to deliver this equipment to the construction site.
Progress of Amur Gas Processing Plant totaled 59% at the end of March. Construction and installation works are in progress at all six process lines. Heat insulation of gas separation main process equipment and pipelines is ongoing at the First Start-Up Complex (includes process lines 1 and 2 of the Plant) scheduled to be put into operation in 2021. Four Ladoga gas pumping units have been installed at booster pump stations. They are being prepared for commissioning. Piping connections is underway for feed gas drying and decontamination units as well as gas fractionation units. Utilities, infrastructure, and off-sites installation continues. GPP and Helium Complex central control building has been erected, interior finishing is in progress. Other ongoing works include: Tank Farm tanks welding, construction of administrative and utility buildings, sewage treatment facilities and water treatment plants. Continue to watch our reporting video for more events that occurred in March at the Site of Russia’s largest investment project.
A Video Report on AMUR GPP construction Project invested by GAZPROM and managed by NIPIGAS. The total progress is 46%, and 60 % of Phase 1 consisting of two trains is ready. Process equipment is being installed at three trains: dehydration units and feed gas impurities treatment units are installed, splitters of NGL to propane, butane, pentane-hexane fractions are also installed. The second railway spur to the Trans-Siberian Railway to deliver ever-increasing cargo flow is under construction. 23 thousands of construction workers are working at the site.