Event celebrating shipment of first heat exchanger for Amur GPP held in St. Petersburg
A ceremony celebrating the shipment of the first spiral heat exchanger produced in Russia for the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) took place today in St. Petersburg.
The event was attended by Pavel Krylov, Head of Department of Gazprom, Igor Afanasyev, Director General of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk, Christoph Seeholzer, CEO of Linde Power Machines, and John van der Velden, Managing Director of Linde.
Pavel Krylov (third left) and Igor Afanasyev (fifth left) at ceremonial event
The ceremony showcased the oil and gas sector’s most advanced spiral heat exchanger, produced in Russia for the first time as part of localization efforts at the Power Machines industrial site.
The spiral heat exchanger was made using domestic parts and materials. Its unique design was developed by Linde. The equipment can withstand temperature fluctuations of up to 400 degrees Celsius and demonstrates enhanced efficiency of heat exchange with much lower metal consumption compared to traditional designs.
The unit, developed for the purpose of preheating and cooling nitrogen-helium mixture, will become a key link in the helium production chain at the Amur GPP.
The spiral heat exchanger will be delivered to the site of the Amur GPP, where core process equipment is currently being assembled. A total of three such units will be produced for the GPP.
In May 2017, a ceremonial production launch of spiral heat exchangers to be used at medium- and large-scale gas liquefaction and processing facilities took place on the premises of Power Machines in St. Petersburg.
The equipment is being manufactured by Linde Power Machines, a joint venture of Power Machines (part of Severgroup) and Linde AG.
Gazprom’s Amur GPP will be the largest gas processing plant in Russia and second-biggest in the world. It will have a design capacity of 42 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The plant will have six production lines, with the first two lines slated for commissioning in 2021. In addition, the GPP will have the world’s largest helium production facility.
The investor and customer for the Amur GPP construction project is Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk (part of the Gazprom Group). Construction management is carried out by NIPIGAZ (part of the SIBUR Group), general contractor.
Linde AG supplies the Amur GPP with the core process equipment for cryogenic recovery of helium and valuable petrochemical substances from gas.