Gazprom and Linde discuss potential cooperation in equipment localization and mid-scale LNG production
A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Wolfgang Buechele, Chief Executive Officer of Linde, took place today at the Eastern Economic Forum 2016 in Vladivostok.
The parties discussed ongoing and future bilateral cooperation, focusing on, inter alia, the construction of the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP). Engineering surveys for the GPP's first start-up complex have already been conducted. Among other things, test piles were driven in order to calculate the foundation parameters for the process equipment. The manufacturing of the core equipment for the first start-up complex continues, along with the development of the engineering documentation for cryogenic gas separation facilities.
In addition, the meeting participants addressed the prospects for partnership in Russia-based projects for equipment manufacturing localization and mid-scale LNG production.
Linde AG is one of the world's largest companies focused on industrial technologies for natural gas treatment and separation with the recovery of ethane, propane and heavier hydrocarbon fractions. In addition, the company designs and builds cryogenic facilities for natural gas and helium liquefaction.
The Amur GPP with a design capacity of 42 billion cubic meters of gas per year will be constructed near Svobodny in the Amur Region. The GPP will include the world's largest helium production facility. The plant will be supplied via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline with multi-component gas from the Yakutia and Irkutsk gas production centers that are being set up by Gazprom within the Eastern Gas Program. Linde will provide the Amur GPP with the core process equipment for cryogenic recovery of helium and valuable petrochemical substances from gas.
On June 17, 2016, Gazprom, Linde, Power Machines, and Salavatneftemash signed the Agreement of Intent to explore the possibilities for joining efforts in manufacturing natural gas liquefaction and processing equipment in Russia.