MOSCOW (MRC) - On June 9, the first production line of the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) of Gazprom was officially launched, according to the company's statement.
It is noted that the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in the video conferencing mode launched its launch.
The construction of the Amur GPP is one of the largest infrastructure projects of Gazprom in the Russian Far East. The plant will process multicomponent natural gas from the Yakutsk and Irkutsk gas production centers supplied through the Power of Siberia gas pipeline. The design capacity of the plant will be 42 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The GPP will include the world's largest helium production - up to 60 million cubic meters per year. The plant will consist of six technological lines with a capacity of 7 billion cubic meters. m per year each. Their introduction is planned to be carried out in stages. The Amur GPP is scheduled to reach its design capacity in January 2025.
The Amur GPP will produce 38 billion cubic meters. m per year of commercial gas supplied to the PRC. Also, the enterprise will annually produce up to 2.6 million tons of ethane, up to 1 million tons of propane, about 500 thousand tons of butanes and up to 200 thousand tons of pentane-hexane fraction.
After the Amur GPP reaches its full design capacity, Gazprom's refining capacity will increase by 80%. Ethane output will increase sevenfold, and helium output - 16. This is about a third of current world consumption.
The Amur GPP is located near the city of Svobodny, Amur Region. It will become one of the largest natural gas processing enterprises in the world. The largest is only the Prudhoe Bay Unit Central Gas Facility in Alaska, USA.
The design capacity of the plant will be 42 billion cubic meters of gas per year. It includes six lines of 7 billion each. At the moment, the readiness of the second line is 65%, the third - 41%, the fourth - 15.6%, the fifth - 6.4%. Less than six years have passed since the sinking of the first pile to the present moment of launch, Gazprom recalled. "Today we are launching the plant strictly on schedule," Miller said at the launch ceremony.
In addition to the gas processing plant, 30 kilometers of roads, a railway line from the Trans-Siberian Railway to the plant site, as well as a temporary berth on the Zeya River for unloading large-tonnage equipment were built. The Svobodnenskaya thermal power plant was erected near the plant. Russian equipment was used here, including steam power boilers and turbine plants.
The investor and customer of the project is Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC. The construction is managed by the general contractor NIPIGAZ (SIBUR group). In 2019, the facility attracted project financing for EUR11.4 billion. Funds were provided by 22 banks from Europe, Japan, China, Russia.
The products of the Amur GPP are commercial gas (methane) and components extracted from it for the gas chemical and other industrial sectors. The plant will produce 2.4 million tons of ethane, 1.5 million tons of liquefied petroleum gases (LPG), 200 thousand tons of pentane-hexane fraction. The main consumer of ethane and LPG from the Amur GPP will be the Amur Gas Chemical Complex (a joint project of SIBUR and Sinopec).
Earlier it was reported that in December last year SIBUR Holding chose Spheripol LyondellBasell polyolefin technology for its Amur Gas Chemical Complex (AGHK) under construction. The technological process will be used at a polypropylene plant with a capacity of 400 thousand tons per year, which will be built in the town of Svobodny, Amur Region.
Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 744,130 tonnes in the first four month of 2021, up by 4% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. At the same time, PP deliveries to the Russian market were 523,900 tonnes in January-April 2021, up by 55% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whereas shipments of PP random copolymers decreased.
SIBUR Holding is the leader in the Russian petrochemical industry and one of the largest global companies in the sector with more than 23 thousand employees. In 2019, SIBUR's revenues amounted to USD8.2 billion, EBITDA - USD2.6 billion. Over the past 10 years, SIBUR has implemented a number of large-scale investment projects worth about 1 trillion rubles.
PJSC Gazprom is a Russian energy company engaged in geological exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing and sale of gas, gas condensate and oil, as well as the production and sale of heat and electricity. The largest company in Russia, the largest gas company in the world, owns the longest gas transmission system (over 160 thousand km). It is the world leader in the industry.