The Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) near the town of Svobodny, Amur Region, is one of the largest gas processing enterprises in the world. The implementation of such an ambitious project in the area of gas processing has no parallel in the history of Russia’s gas sector.
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design processing capacity
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 2.4 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
Initially, the fundamental principle that underpinned the project was the necessity to process within the Russian Federation the multi-component gas fed from Power of Siberia.
Ethane, propane, butane, pentane-hexane fraction, and helium are components valued in the gas chemical and other industries.
The construction of the Amur GPP started in October 2015.
The first production train was put in operation in June 2021, strictly on schedule.
The second production train and the first of three helium units were launched in September 2021. At the same time, the world’s biggest Logistics Center for the servicing of helium containers (helium hub) came onstream in Vladivostok.
The commissioning of the next four trains will be synchronized with increases in the volumes of gas transmitted via Power of Siberia.
In 2025, the GPP will reach its full design capacity.
In addition to process 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 microdistrict in Svobodny for future employees.
Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk (part of the Gazprom Group) is the investor, customer, and operator for the Amur GPP. Construction management is carried out by NIPIGAZ (part of the SIBUR Group).
The core process equipment for cryogenic recovery of helium and other petrochemical substances from gas is provided by Germany’s Linde.
The GPP is constructed with the use of novel engineering solutions that will help minimize the plant’s environmental footprint.
The project gives a big impetus to social and economic development in the Amur Region and other Far Eastern regions. With construction at its peak, some 35,000 people, including Amur Region residents, are engaged in the project. When the plant opens, it will employ around 3,000 people.
In order to accommodate future employees, a residential microdistrict is being built in Svobodny. The microdistrict has 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.