Yuri Lebedev, Director General of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC acting as the investor, owner and operator of the Amur GPP, discussed the details.
Employees of the Amur GPP are welcomed into new houses in Svobodny yet again. More than three hundred company apartments for the operational personnel of the Amur GPP welcomed new residents. A 9-storey building with 135 apartments was commissioned in the very center of the town of Svobodny at 19/6 Lenina street. All apartments have modern finishing, furniture, plumbing, and household appliances. There is a parking lot, playgrounds for kids, and a sports ground next to the house. Developer Zhiloi Mikroraion LLC has already built eight houses with 602 apartments in Svobodny for the employees of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC acting as the investor, owner and operator of the Amur GPP. Members of the operational personnel of the Amur GPP are also becoming the residents of the new Alekseevsky residential district now. The new residents have received the keys to another 195 apartments with finishing, furniture, and household appliances here. There are children's and sports grounds and a football playing area in the area next to the houses. Developer Zhiloi Mikroraion LLC continues the construction of Alekseevsky residential district for 5,000 people. These are 36 townhouses and 42 apartment buildings with 1,688 company apartments, as well as a school, a daycare facility, a hospital, a community center, and a gym to be built here.
Restoration and pre-commissioning are underway on process lines 1 and 2. Aerodynamic tests of the ventilation system and comprehensive testing of the air conditioning system are nearing completion on process line 3. Hot commissioning is underway at Ladoga gas compression unit No. 5 and 6. Re-assembly of pipelines, application of fireproofing and insulation, and pre-commissioning are underway at the unit for dehydration and removal of impurities from the feed gas. Testing and re-assembly of process pipelines, insulation and electrical works, as well as loop testing of the automation systems are underway on process line 4. Power is now supplied at 10 kV substation according to the project. Installation of pipelines and oil flushing are underway at Ladoga gas compression unit No. 7 and 8. Erection of auxiliary steel structures is underway on process line 5. Erection of the main steel structures and sandwich panels has been completed in 10 kV substation building. Pre-assembly and erection of steel structures are underway on process line 6.
Public Council of Amur GPP and Amur GCC projects assembles in Svobodny One of the main topics for public discussion is the environmental situation in the construction area of the Amur GPP. In early August, a group of experts from the Institute for Water and Environmental Problems of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences conducted a major study of the Bolshaya Pyora River basin. Nadezhda Yavorskaya, candidate of biological sciences and hydrobiologist who studied the Bolshaya Pyora River in the construction area of the Amur GPP, presented her report at the Council meeting. According to the results of the study, there are no negative effects on the river: animals, fish, insects, and other inhabitants feel well, species composition is abundant, and endemics and rare species of hydrobionts have been found. There is no need to take any extra offset measures to reinstate animal habitats or develop any special measures for conservation of any specially protected species. You can listen to the entire report of Nadezhda Yavorskaya, candidate of biological sciences and senior researcher of the Laboratory for Hydroecology and Biogeochemistry at the Institute for Water and Environmental Problems of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Restoration and pre-commissioning are underway on process lines 1 and 2. Pre-commissioning on the major equipment and internal checks of instrumentation in the control room are underway on process line 3. Tests of the foam extinguishing system, sprinkler systems, water discharge of the fire monitor and additional tests of the process pipelines for tightness have been completed at the helium treatment, liquefaction and loading unit. Pre-commissioning on Ladoga gas pumping units No. 5 and No. 6 have been completed. Individual tests of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are underway in the indoor switchgear building and transformer substation on process line 4. The substation is ready to receive power. Installation of sandwich panels and the major equipment of the control system is underway in the indoor switchgear building on process line 5. Assembly of the steel and reinforced concrete structures and construction of the driveways and landscaping of the territory are underway on process line 6. Commissioning of equipment has been completed at the sewage treatment facilities; industrial storm runoff is being processed and treated runoff is being supplied for own needs; processes are being tuned in order to achieve their design performance.
Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk specialists held several career guidance meetings in the military units located in the surroundings of Belogorsk in the Amur Region. Conscripted servicemen were told about potential employment, benefits and career opportunities at the Amur GPP as well as provided with information about current vacant positions and showed a video about the plant. The event was organized as part of the Far Eastern and Arctic Recruitment Project, which is implemented by the Russian Far East and Arctic Development Corporation (the FEDC) with the assistance of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic jointly with the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and the Our Arctic Center of Volunteers and Personnel.
The scientists of the Institute for Water and Environmental Problems of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWEP FEB RAS) are monitoring the status of the environment, plant and animal life in the Amur GPP construction zone. The animal world is studied by a zoologist and a hydrobiologist whilst the plant world is studied by two botanists. According to the scientists, rare species listed in the Red Book of Russia are quite often found in close proximity to the gas processing plant. For instance, an iris ensata, a lilium pumilum, a bush lily, a baikal skullcap, a platycodon grandiflorus and a pulsatilla turczaninovii. «We have been researching for the third year and this is a very short time to make conclusions. Nevertheless, according to our observations, there are no changes in the status of plant communities. Indigenous species feel quite comfortable,» explained Lyubov Antonova, a leading researcher at the Vegetation Ecology Laboratory of the IWEP FEB RAS.
Commissioning works are nearing completion on two Ladoga gas pumping units (GPA) installed on the third process line of the Amur GPP. More than 40 employees of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk acting as the owner, specialists of NIPIGAS acting as the general contractor, as well as specialists of manufacturers are involved in the commissioning works. In the near future, the equipment will be tested in conditions as close to normal operation. The final tests of the equipment were previously performed. This includes checking the operability of the gas turbine control systems and the fire safety systems. The first hot start-ups have already been carried out on one of the units.
Restoration and pre-commissioning are underway on the process lines 1 and 2. Pre-commissioning on the major equipment is underway on the process line 3. Finishing works in the compressor building are nearing completion. Construction and installation works and handover of the systems to commissioning are underway on the unit for dehydration and removal of impurities from the feed gas. Installation and testing of the process piping and insulation of the equipment are underway on the process line 4. Cold box modules assembly and installation of the reflux pumps of the gas separation columns and internals are underway on the process line 5. Installation of the main PCS equipment in the indoor switchgears and transformer substation buildings has completed. Reinforcement of the rack slab is underway on the process line 6. Concreting of the floors and brickwork are nearing completion in the compressor building. Concreting of the walls of the indoor switchgear and transformer substation buildings has completed. Installation of the steel structures, construction of the driveways and landscaping of the territory are ongoing.
Restoration and pre-commissioning are underway on process lines 1 and 2. Heat tracing system is being put into operation, pipelines and equipment are being insulated on process line 3. Loading of perlite has commenced and isolation of equipment and pipelines is nearing completion at the helium liquefaction, treatment and loading unit. Construction is nearing completion at Ladoga 32 gas pumping units 5 and 6. 30 km of process pipelines have been installed, 12 km of pipelines have been tested, and handover of the auxiliary systems to pre-commissioning is nearing completion on process line 4. Insulation of the equipment is in progress and installation of internal contact units has commenced on process line 5. Construction of the racks, concreting of structures, buildings and driveways are in progress on process line 6. Pit is being backfilled and concreting of the rack for the air cooler is complete. Pre-assembly of steel structures has commenced and installation of steel structures for the racks and overpasses is underway. Main landscaping elements have been completed on the territory of the plant administration building.
Mechanical completion of the helium treatment, liquefaction and loading unit construction has reached its highest level. Employees of Azprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk (investor, owner and operator of the Amur GPP) and NIPIGAS JSC (general conractor), as well as the representatives of equipment suppliers have started its commissioning.
Start-up of the third process line at the world's largest gas processing plant in the Far East is in progress. Amur GPP is expected to reach its design capacity by 2025. Gas is supplied through the Power of Siberia trunk line from Yakutia and Irkutsk production centres. Ethane, helium and propane are indispensable and rare types of gas extracted from feedstock at the Amur GPP and then exported to China, among other consumers. Large-scale construction in the Far East has given a decisive impetus for development of the region. Professionals from all over the country are coming to this place. Sergey Antsigin watched the work. https://www.ntv.ru/novosti/2707504/
Restoration and pre-commissioning are in progress at process line 1 and 2. Insulation of the process pipelines and equipment is nearing completion at process line 3. Insulation of shut-off and control valves and flanges is underway at the helium liquefaction, treatment and loading unit. Cold start of Ladoga gas pumping units 5 and 6 is underway. Isolation of equipment and installation of the process pipelines are in progress at process line 4. Installation of main steel structures of the overhead structure, pipe and cable racks, as well as process pipelines is underway at process line 5. Equipment insulation has commenced. Concreting of beams and columns has been completed, and installation of main steel structures of the overhead structures and cable racks, main steel structures and cladding of the compressor building are underway at process line 6. Equipment has been installed at the sewage treatment plants, and preparations are underway for their commissioning.
Restoration and pre-commissioning are in progress at process lines 1 and 2. Pre-commissioning and commissioning are continuing, construction and installation of the process pipelines are complete, and handover of the heating tracing systems into operation is nearing completion at process line 3. Installation of the process pipelines, their testing and purging are in an active phase at process line 4. Equipment is being installed at process line 5, in particular, installation of a buffer tank is complete, and installation of the steel structures for cables has commenced. Reinforcement of the beams of the rack for installation of oversize equipment, installation of steel structures of the racks for the compressor building, and concreting of walls are in process at process line 6. Non-licensed units are preparing for a cold start of Ladoga 5 and Ladoga 6 gas pumping units and installation of Ladoga 9–10 units onto their respective foundations. Finishing works of the premises and installation of machines are in progress in the mechanical repair shop.
The fifth pair of Ladoga gas pumping units has arrived at the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP). They will be installed on the fifth process line of the plant within the next months. Ladoga gas pumping units are the most powerful domestic equipment items that are the key elements of booster compressor stations of Amur GPP. The stations are designed for compressing commercial gas for the purpose of its further transfer to the Power of Siberia gas pipeline. In total, six booster compressor stations (according to the number of the process lines of the plant) will be put into operation at Amur GPP, and each of them is equipped with two Ladoga units. Ladoga gas pumping units are manufactured in St. Petersburg at Nevsky plant. The units crosses the distance of more than 8 thousand km to Amur GPP within two months on special railway platforms. Temperature of at least positive 5 degrees was maintained in them throughout their journey. Ladoga gas pumping units feature high output and efficiency, reliability under harsh climatic conditions of the Far East of Russia, such as low temperatures and seismicity of up to 8 points. Ten of the twelve Ladoga gas processing units have now been delivered to Amur GPP.
Repair and restoration are underway at start-up complex 1 (process line 1 and 2). Pre-commissioning and commissioning are in full swing at process line 3. Re-assembly of the process pipelines, insulation of pipelines and equipment of the nitrogen rejection unit are nearing completion. Electric heating systems are being put into operation. Construction and installation in the hangars of Ladoga GPU 5 and 6 are nearing completion. Process pipelines are being installed at process line 4, and the insulation of the deethanizer and equipment of the nitrogen rejection unit are in progress. Anti-corrosion protection is being applied to the process pipelines. Construction completion of the priority non-process systems like the sewerage, water supply and fire-fighting water supply systems has been achieved. Concreting of the beam structures is complete on process line 6. Reinforcement of the beams and installation of formwork are underway. Installation of machines in the mechanical repair shop building has commenced.
Amur GPP is one of the largest and most modern gas processing plants in the world. Our plant has become the center of attraction for most qualified professionals in the field of gas processing from all over the country. About 3,200 people will work at the Amur Gas Processing Plant by the time it reaches its design capacity in 2025. Concentration of resources, processes, advanced equipment and highly qualified professionals is like nowhere else. If you also want to join Amur GPP team, send your CV to our recruitment department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yuri Lebedev, General Director of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC, was interviewed by Amur.Info news agency. Head of the company acting as the investor, owner and operator of Amur Gas Processing Plant answered the agency’s questions about the training programs of the company, personnel policy, ensuring industrial and epidemiological safety at the site of construction of one of the world's largest gas processing plants.
Restoration and pre-commissioning are in progress at process line 1 and 2. Anti-corrosion coating application on the pipelines is completed; work on their insulation is underway, pre-commissioning and commissioning have entered the active phase. Insulation works on the process pipelines at the helium treatment, liquefaction and loading unit have also reached their end. Ladoga gas pumping units on the same process line 3 are preparing for loop and functional testing. Installation of pipelines has commenced on process line 5. Reflux drum, the first licensed unit, is now installed at process line 6; erection of the pipe rack is also underway. Main construction and installation works are being completed and preparations are underway for commencement of pre-commissioning at the sphere tanks of tank farm 2. Commissioning is underway at the treatment facilities. Installation of utility lines and electrical works are underway in the maintenance and repair workshop.
Eight modern equipment items manufactured in Russia have been installed here in order to train chemical process engineers. Largest chemical process universities in Russia are equipped with similar equipment. The laboratory was furnished at Amur State University with the support of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk.
This information was presented by Aleksandr Grebenyuk, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor, Head of Medical Safety of NIPIGAS JSC at the request of Amur GPP/Amur GCC Public Council.
Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk has been implementing comprehensive advanced targeted training for young professionals since 2015: from school to university with subsequent employment at Amur GPP. We cooperate with the largest technical universities and colleges of the country located in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Vladivostok, Tomsk, Ufa, Tyumen, Irkutsk, and Volgograd. 62 students are studying there as part of their company-backed training. Some of them sent their selfies for the holiday while standing in front of their institutions. We sincerely congratulate our student Yuri Kovalenko who is studying at Amur State University. He has been awarded Gazprom's scholarship! «I am studying in the 3rd year of bachelor's degree in a very promising field of information systems and technologies. I chose this company-backed higher education major in order to find a job at Amur GPP, one of the world's largest gas processing sites, that is very unique in its essence,» says Yuri.
First 12 apartment buildings in the new Alekseevsky residential district in Svobodny have been put into operation today. The solemn ceremony of handing over the keys to the first residents of the district was attended by Yuri Lebedev, General Director of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC, Vladimir Konstantinov, head of the town of Svobodny, and Mikhail Shirokov, General Director of Zhiloy Mikrorayon LLC. Alexey Miller, Chairman of PJSC Gazprom's Management Board, took part in the event via video conference link. The residential district is being built in the north of Svobodny in order to provide сщmpany-backed housing for the employees of the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP). 42 five-storey houses and 36 townhouses for 5 thousand residents will be built here in total.
Key events implemented in Svobodny on the initiative and with the participation of public activists.
Interview with Evgeny Baklanov, Deputy General Director for Human Resources at Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC, for Amur.Info news agency. https://www.amur.info/news/2021/12/02/197961
New equipment is installed in the technology classes of Chernigovka and Ust-Pyora schools of the Svobodnensky district. These are sewing machines adapted for the school course. Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk provided the necessary funds to buy this equipment. Students of the 9th grade of Chernigovka school were the first to appreciate the new machines: they sewed flags for the National Unity Day. Moreover, both girls and boys are proficient in sewing at this school. «It is important that the children leave the celebration with the feeling that they can do a good thing. An example of a good deed was the assistance in the procurement of equipment for our school by Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk,» says Natalia Litvinenko, technology teacher. «Professionals who own technologies and processes are the main people in any production process. That's what they're called: chief process engineers. They can handle any task, because they know the answer to the key question „How to do it?“. I wish you that you are able to handle any tasks in your life,» Yuri Lebedev, General Director of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC, congratulated the schoolchildren on the holiday celebrations. Two similar sewing machines were also purchased for the Ust-Pyora school technology room. Chemistry and physics classrooms in both schools, are now equipped with all the necessary laboratory equipment for practical classes with the help of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk.
Correspondent Pavel Orlov visited the Amur Gas Processing Plant and the Chayandinskoye field and the factories in Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg in order to explain how helium without which scientific and technological progress is impossible today is produced.
As Andrey Belousov, Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC Deputy Director General, described, the company uses this road on the basis of concession agreement. Since 2018 the road marking was applied on the pavement twice a year. The section of the road near the Amur GPP site is known for its intense traffic, so that it was decided to add a yellow stripe to increase the visibility of road marking during winter time and to decrease the possibility of accidents. For the moment, yellow section of the marking is finished, the works on white marking elements are underway. The works are to be finished on the next week. Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk is the investor, owner and operator of the Amur GPP. The plant site is featured by its vast infrastructure, including 27 kilometers of access roads, Zeya river jetty and around 40 kilometers of railways.
This heat exchanger is needed for heat recovery of nitrogen-helium mixture as part of helium production process. It was the third and the last heat exchanger to be installed at Amur GPP (one heat exchanger for each helium unit). Mass of single heat exchager — around 50 tons, length — 16 m, diameter — 1.8 m, heat capacity — 8.5 MW. The equipment was manufactured using capacities of Linde Severstal (a joint venture of Severstal and Linde GmbH) in Saint-Petersburg, with assistance of Gazprom. The first heat exchanger was delivered and installed at Amur GPP in 2018, the second — in 2019. First heat exchanging helium unit was put into operation in September 2021.
Teachers’ Day: Our digest of educational programs in Svobodny, implemented with assistance of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk (Amur GPP investor, owner and operator), in the video.
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.
The last batch of equipment planned for navigation in 2021 for construction of the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) has been delivered to the jetty of the plant. Four tanks for storing liquefied helium, feed gas expander, heat pump compressor, its motor, as well as other equipment have arrived via the river Zeya. Gas separation columns for the fifth process line are the most significant items in 2021 navigation. For example, the weight of the demethanizer is 870 tons, and its length is 88 m. The first nitrogen rejection column with a length of more than 58 meters weighs 883 tons. The length of the second one is 63 meters, and its weight is more than 400 tons. These columns are the key equipment of the gas separation unit which will extract valuable fractions from the multicomponent natural gas coming via Power of Siberia gas pipeline from Chayanda and Kovykta fields. 51 units of large-sized heavy cargo with a total weight of more than 5.5 thousand tons have bee delivered by two sea vessels to the Russian port De-Kastri in total during 2021 navigation period. After transshipment to 8 tug and barge towing arrangements, the large-sized heavy cargo was sent along the Amur and Zeya rivers to the temporary jetty of the Amur Gas Processing Plant. Navigation plan for 2021 has been implemented in full.
Please watch the speeches by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Management Board of PJSC Gazprom, and Yuri Lebedev, General Director of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC. Full record of the broadcast is available on the website of Russian President Vladimir Putin who took part in the event via a video link. http://www.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/66585
Record of the solemn ceremony of the launch of the second process line and the helium unit of the Amur Gas Processing Plant, as well as the helium hub of PJSC Gazprom. The event was attended by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Chairman of the Management Board of PJSC Gazprom Alexey Miller. The ceremony was broadcast by Russia-24 TV channel.
Preparations for the launch of the second process line are nearing completion. Mechanical availability of the helium fine purification and liquefaction unit 1 has been reached. Installation of thermal insulation of the columns is being carried out, pipelines at the ethane, NHL and nitrogen and helium mix separation unit at process line 3. Electrical works have been completed at the substations of the gas separation unit and helium fine purification and liquefaction unit 2. Substations are being prepared for inspection by Rostekhnadzor. Large-capacity equipment delivered in 2021 navigation for the fifth process line is being delivered and erected. The largest equipment has been installed: the methane extraction column (demethanizer) and two nitrogen rejection columns.
Total weight of 26 cargo units is more than 1,200 tons. These include the vessels and parts of the cold box for raw gas for the gas separation unit. Handling works are performed at the jetty with use of two cranes with 1,350 t capacity. Large-sized and massive parts of the cold box will be delivered to the construction site of the plant using the self-propelled modular trucks. In order to ensure proper safety, transportation will be carried out mainly at night at a pedestrian speed. The cold box is designed to cool the natural gas entering the plant before being fed to the gas separation columns and is an important element of the cryogenic gas separation complex for process line 5. Earlier, four similar cold boxes for raw gas were installed on the first four process lines of the Amur Gas Processing Plant. In total, during the summer navigation of 2021, it is planned to deliver 51 units of equipment with a total weight of around 5.6 thousand tons to the construction site of Amur GPP.
Reporters of Vesti-Amur Region program are following the construction of the Amur Gas Processing Plant very closely. Here is a recent report about installation of the gas separation columns on process line 5 of the Amur Gas Processing Plant built under Gazprom's Eastern Gas Program. It took a whole special operation to deliver and install the largest equipment that came in in this year’s navigation period. See the details in the report of Viktoria Sytenko, correspondent of Amur state broadcasting company. https://gtrkamur.ru/
Demethanizer weight is 870 tons, the length is 88 m. The first nitrogen rejection unit with a length of over 58 meters weighs 883 tons. The length of the second one is 63 meters, and it weighs over 400 tons. The installed columns are the key equipment of the gas separation unit which will extract valuable fractions from the multicomponent natural gas received via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline from Chayanda and later Kovykta fields. The columns were delivered from the jetty on the Zeya river to the construction site of the Amur GPP using self-propelled modular transporters. In order not to interfere with the traffic to ensure proper safety, transportation was carried out mainly at night at a speed of 5 km/h. Cranes with a lifting capacity of 600 and 1600 tons were involved in installation of the columns on the fifth process line of the Amur GPP.
By the end of July, the mechanical completion of the main gas separation unit was achieved. Transportation and installation of heavy-lift equipment for the fifth process train was delivered and installed during the 2021 navigation. Ladoga-32 gas compression unit of the third train was subject to alignment, Ladoga-32 subsystems were under testing. Water circulation pump station equipment went through individual tests. Water treatment facilities — water treatment unit commissioning. The construction of a 7-storey administrative building for 285 employees continues. The construction of a repair shop of 18 thous. m2 area is underway.
The investor and the owner of Amur GPP — Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk — provided funds for rehabilitation of Yasmin, suffering from infantile cerebral paralysis, as part of a charity program in cooperation with Amur department of Russian Children Care Fund. Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk found out about Yasmin and a couple of kids from Svobodny, having several diagnoses, during Krylia charity event. As result, the company purchased stair-climbing chairs for Maria Gevorgyan and Maxim Pavlov, while Yasmin Sarbarova was presented with a certificate for courses of therapeutic horse riding and knesiotherapy. Since the beginning of 2021 Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk transferred over 3 million roubles for support of physically challenged children and children being in difficult situations. In the last year, the company implemented charity programs for total value of 21 million roubles.
These columns are the largest equipment to be delivered during this year navigation. Columns are to be installed on the fifth train of the plant. How it is planned to supply the columns from the jetty to the site and when — all of it is in report of Vesti. https://gtrkamur.ru/news/2021/07/29/175684
During the last month, they’ve been working on the first train of the plant and in central laboratory. Students have studied the low-temperature processes and operation of cryogenic equipment for liquefaction and extraction of helium, methane and other hydrocarbon gases.
The largest equipment for the fifth process line is delivered to the jetty of the Amur Gas Processing Plant (Amur GPP): methane extraction column (demethanizer) and nitrogen rejection unit. These are the largest pieces of equipment to be delivered to the Amur GPP during the summer navigation of 2021. Demethanizer weight is 870 tons, the length is 88 m. Nitrogen rejection unit with a length of over 58 meters weighs 883 tons. Handling works are performed at the Amur GPP jetty with use of two 1350-tons capacity cranes. Equipment is to be transported to the site by crane trucks and self propelled modular transporters. In total, during the summer navigation of 2021, it is planned to deliveer 37 units of equipment with a total weight of around 5.6 thousand tons to the construction site of Amur GPP. Four tug/barge arrangements will be used for transportation of equipment along Amur and Zeya rivers.
Six years of construction in six minutes of video! The story of construction of Amur GPP. In 2015 the first pile of the site was driven, in 2017 the first foundation was laid. At the same time transport infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, railways, jetty, was under construction. The first heavy-lift equipment for the first train was delivered during 2018 navigation. In 2019 Amur GPP began to turn into the plant as we know it, when giant separation columns and cold boxes were installed on three trains. The first train was put into operation on June 9, 2021. The ceremony was attended by Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, and Aleksey Miller, the Chairman of Gazprom PJSC Administration Board.
Thousands of lamps now illuminate the plant and each of its enormous separating columns, so that the silhouette of the Amur GPP could be seen in day and night.
The second train of Amur GPP is under preparation for hot commissioning. The second pair of Ladoga gas pumping units of the booster compressor station is ready for cold start. Foundation for installation of heavy-lift equipment at the fifth train is completed. The 1600 t capacity ring crane for installation of gas separation columns is installed. Structures of buildings and pipe racks are under installation. As for the third heilum fine purification unit, the structure for main equipment and helium filling tanks is under installation. The raw gas furnace of the second gas dehydration and purification unit has been fired.
Yuri Lebedev, Director General of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC, has held a meeting with students, during which he noted: “It is a great opportunity to get familiar with features of the plant with help of highly skilled professionals, which will act as your mentors during your internship. Besides, it is also a great opportunity to get the experience of working on such an advanced plant, as Amur GPP”.
The second group of students of Department of Engineering and Physics with majors in Chemical Processes have graduated. In this year the State Examination Board was headed by Yuri Lebedev. 14 chemistry students have successfully defended their degree theses, prepared with taking into consideration the needs of the leading enterprises of the chemical industry, and first and foremost — the needs of Amur Gas Processing Plant. Seven of the graduates are going to build their careers on Amur Gas Processing Plant.
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.
Do you know what you can use to fill up a KAMAZ truck intended for transportation of liquefied helium which will be produced at the Amur Gas Processing Plant, in addition to gasoline and diesel? And what does Africa have to do with it? In the new episode of Do You Know That? mini-series, we will talk about methane as fuel, its connection with KAMAZ Master team and its significance for the environment.
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.