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Igor Afanasyev is Director General of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk.

He was born on June 12, 1971, in Tyumen.


In 1993, Igor Afanasyev graduated from Tyumen Industrial Institute, majoring in Industrial Chemistry of Fuels and Carbon Materials. His accomplishments include:

  • patents for such inventions as “Diesel Fuel Modification Method” and “Diesel Fuel Production Method”;
  • 18 scientific papers;
  • PhD in Engineering from Kazan State Power Engineering University obtained in January 2006.

Professional experience


Chief Engineer – First Deputy Director General of Gazprom Pererabotka.

From 2014

Deputy Head of Department for Gas and Liquid Hydrocarbon Marketing and Processing, Head of Directorate for Gas Processing and Petrochemical Facilities Development at Gazprom.

From April 2015

Director General of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk.

Company history

July 3, 2014, is the official registration date of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk.

Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk is a subsidiary of Gazprom Pererabotka and a part of the Gazprom Group.

The company acts as the investor and customer for the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) construction project.

On February 29, 2016, Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk was assigned by Gazprom’s order as the operating company for the Amur GPP.

Construction of Amur GPP

The largest gas processing plant in Russia is being constructed within 18 kilometers of the town of Svobodny, Amur Region.

Digital rendering of Amur Gas Processing Plant

Digital rendering of Amur Gas Processing Plant

The command to launch the Amur GPP construction project was given by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, in the autumn of 2015.

The plant will have the design output of 42 billion cubic meters of feed gas per year (as a point of comparison, the aggregate volume of natural gas processed by all of Russia’s existing GPPs totaled 72 billion cubic meters in 2015).

Construction site of Amur GPP. Earth-moving operations

Construction site of Amur GPP. Earth-moving operations

The Amur GPP will be supplied with natural gas from the Chayandinskoye and Kovyktinskoye fields via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline.

The GPP is meant to:

  • extract up to 2.5 million tons of ethane fraction per year (to be supplied to the Amur Gas Chemical Complex (GCC) being developed by the SIBUR Group);
  • produce up to 1.7 million tons of liquefied hydrocarbon gases per year (propane and butane fractions, technical propane-butane mixture, and pentane-hexane fraction);
  • treat gas before exporting it to China;
  • produce up to 60 million cubic meters of helium per year at one of the largest helium extraction facilities in the world.

Helium is widely used in strategically important industries, such as space exploration, nuclear and laser technologies, aviation and shipbuilding, as well as in medicine and science.

Amur GPP will supply ethane to SIBUR Group’s Amur GCC

Amur GPP will supply ethane to SIBUR Group’s Amur GCC

The construction of the Amur GPP is managed by general contractor NIPIgazpererabotka (part of the SIBUR Group), one of Russia’s leading companies for design, supplies, logistics and construction management. The company acts as the EPC contractor for the project (on a turnkey basis) responsible for developing design documentation, supplying equipment and materials, and performing construction and installation for the Amur GPP.

Construction site of Amur GPP. Total area: 1,653 ha

Construction site of Amur GPP. Total area: 1,653 ha

The Amur GPP construction project comprises six stages: preparation of the worksite and access roads; construction of railway communications and structures, including a railway station; erection of auxiliary structures, including a wharf on the Zeya River; building of processing units and off-site facilities for the plant; and construction of a residential district for future employees in Svobodny.

Digital rendering of residential district

Digital rendering of residential district

The Amur GPP construction site is as big as about 800 football fields put together.

With construction at its peak, the effort will involve some 15,000 industry specialists.

When up and running, the plant will employ over 3,000 people.


On May 21, 2014, Gazprom and CNPC signed the Sales and Purchase Agreement for Russian gas to be supplied via the eastern route (Power of Siberia gas pipeline). The 30-year Agreement provides for gas deliveries to China in the amount of 38 billion cubic meters per year.