STORAGE AND PROCESSING

Amur Gas Processing Plant

A new gas processing plant – one of the world’s largest
 
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 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.

The GPP is an essential link in the process chain of natural gas supplies to China via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline.

Amur Gas Processing Plant
Amur Gas Processing Plant

Amur Gas Processing Plant

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
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 receives multi-component gas via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline from the Chayandinskoye field (Yakutia); later on, it will also receive gas from the Kovyktinskoye field (Irkutsk Region).

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.

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

Amur Gas Processing Plant construction site

Development

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.

Amur Gas Processing Plant construction site in 2016
Amur Gas Processing Plant construction site in 2016

Amur Gas Processing Plant construction site in 2016

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.

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

Shift workers’ camp of Amur GPP

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).

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.

Installation of spiral heat exchanger – one of key links in helium production chain
Installation of spiral heat exchanger – one of key links in helium production chain

Installation of spiral heat exchanger – one of key links in helium production chain

Environment

The GPP is constructed with the use of novel engineering solutions that will help minimize the 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 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.

Construction of Amur GPP
Construction of Amur GPP

Construction of Amur GPP

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.

Construction of residential microdistrict for future employees
Construction of residential microdistrict for future employees

Construction of residential microdistrict for future employees

On-the-spot reports and photos