STORAGE AND PROCESSING

Amur Gas Processing Plant

Meant to become Russia’s largest and the world’s second biggest natural gas processing facility
billion cubic meters of gas per year
design processing capacity
42
billion cubic meters of gas per year
design processing capacity

The Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) near the city of Svobodny, Amur Region, will be the largest such plant in Russia and one of the biggest in the world. It will serve as an essential link in the process chain of natural gas supplies to China via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline.

Amur Gas Processing Plant design
Amur Gas Processing Plant design

Amur Gas Processing Plant design

Figures and facts

Design processing capacity: 42 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year.

Helium production: up to 60 million cubic meters per year.

Ethane production: around 2.5 million tons per year.

Propane production: around 1 million tons per year.

Butane production: around 500,000 tons per year.

Pentane-hexane fraction production: around 200,000 tons per year.

Production trains: 6.

Plant’s area: 800 hectares.

Installation of heavy-duty equipment at construction site of Amur Gas Processing Plant
Installation of heavy-duty equipment at construction site of Amur Gas Processing Plant

Installation of heavy-duty equipment at construction site of Amur Gas Processing Plant

The plant will receive multi-component gas from the Yakutia and Irkutsk gas production centers, which are being established by Gazprom within the Eastern Gas Program. The processed gas will be delivered to China.

Ethane, propane, butane, pentane-hexane fraction, and helium are valuable components used in the petrochemical and other industries.

Development

The construction of the Amur GPP started in October 2015. The stage-by-stage commissioning of its production trains will be synchronized with the development of Gazprom’s production capacities in Yakutia and the Irkutsk Region.

Amur Gas Processing Plant construction site
Amur Gas Processing Plant construction site

Amur Gas Processing Plant construction site

In addition to processing units and off-site facilities, the project provides for the construction of access roads, railway communications, a wharf on the Zeya River, and a residential district in Svobodny for future employees.

Shift workers’ camp of Amur GPP
Shift workers’ camp of Amur GPP

Shift workers’ camp of Amur GPP

Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk (part of Gazprom Group) is in charge of the project, with NIPIGAZ (part of SIBUR Group) acting as the general contractor.

Construction of Amur GPP
Construction of Amur GPP

Construction of Amur GPP

Technologies

The core process equipment for cryogenic recovery of helium and other petrochemical substances from gas is provided by Germany’s Linde.

First spiral heat exchanger serving as key link in helium production chain delivered to construction site of Amur GPP
First spiral heat exchanger serving as key link in helium production chain delivered to construction site of Amur GPP

First spiral heat exchanger serving as key link in helium production chain delivered to construction site of Amur GPP

Environment

The GPP is constructed with the use of novel engineering solutions that will help minimize the future plant’s environmental footprint.

Delivery of large-size equipment for Amur GPP
Delivery of large-size equipment for Amur GPP

Delivery of large-size equipment for Amur GPP

Social significance

The project will spur social and economic development in the Amur Region and other Far Eastern regions. With construction at its peak, the project will involve some 15,000 people, including Amur Region citizens. When the plant opens, it will employ around 3,000 people.

In order to accommodate future employees, a residential district for 5,000 people will be built in Svobodny. It will include apartment houses, an outpatient clinic, a kindergarten, a school, a sports center, a cultural center with a concert hall, and a children’s art center.