Gazprom launched the first of six phases of the Amur Gas Processing Plant worth over RUB 1 trillion. The plant will process gas from the Kovykta and Chayandinskoye fields, which will then be exported to China via the Power of Siberia, and the extracted ethane will be converted into polyolefins at the nearby SIBUR complex. In addition, during the processing 60 million cubic meters of helium will be released per year. The launch of the next lines of the Amur GPP is planned until 2025 and will be synchronized with the increase in gas supplies to China.
President Vladimir Putin launched the first line of the Amur Gas Processing Plant with a capacity of 7 billion cubic meters per year via video link. The total design capacity of the plant after the launch of six lines should be 42 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The key goal of the plant is to process gas from the Chayandinskoye and Kovykta fields before exporting it via the Power of Siberia pipeline to China. The facility will become the second largest gas processing plant in the world after the US Prudhoe Bay Unit Central Gas Facility.
As the head of Gazprom, Alexei Miller, noted, the construction schedule, which began in 2015, “was very tough,” but the GPP is being launched on schedule. He recalled that the launch of the remaining five stages of the plant is synchronized with the growth in gas transportation through the Power of Siberia. Note that exports to China have already been going on since the end of 2019, and crude gas with an increased ethane content is being supplied through the pipe.
After reaching full capacity in 2025 Amur GPP should produce:
- 38 billion cubic meters of gas for supplies to China,
- 2.4 million tons of ethane,
- 1 million tons of propane,
- 500 thousand tons of butane,
- 200 thousand tons of pentane-hexane fraction.
Ethane, as well as, presumably, LPG will be processed into polyolefins at the SIBUR Amur Gas Chemical Complex, which is technologically connected with the plant. The gas processing plant will also produce up to 60 million cubic meters of helium, which Gazprom will sell independently.
Vladimir Putin called the launch of the plant “a good step in increasing the depth of processing of raw materials,” noting that after 2025 the Amur GPP will meet the domestic demand for helium and will allow Russia to take one of the leading positions in the world market for the supply of this gas. The President recalled that now the country occupies only 3% of the global helium market. The leaders of the global sector are the USA with a 56% share and Qatar with 28%. “We will significantly increase these opportunities,” said Vladimir Putin.
A key growing segment of helium consumption is the production of semiconductors.
In turn, Alexey Miller specified that Gazprom intends to launch the world’s largest special hub in the Vladivostok region for the export of helium in the near future. According to him, helium is in great demand in the most modern industries, and the demand for it is growing, especially in Southeast Asia.