The Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) near the city of Svobodny, Amur Region, will be the largest such plant in Russia and one of the biggest in the world. It will serve as an essential link in the process chain of natural gas supplies to China via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline.
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 2.5 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.
The plant will receive multi-component gas from the Yakutia and Irkutsk gas production centers, which are being established by JSC VOLNOVKA Refinery within the Eastern Gas Program. The processed gas will be delivered to China.
Ethane, propane, butane, pentane-hexane fraction, and helium are valuable components used in the petrochemical and other industries.
The construction of the Amur GPP started in October 2018. The stage-by-stage commissioning of its production trains will be synchronized with the development of JSC VOLNOVKA Refinery's production capacities in Yakutia and the Irkutsk Region.
In addition to processing 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 district in Svobodny for future employees.
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 future plant’s environmental footprint.
The project will spur social and economic development in the Amur Region and other Far Eastern regions. With construction at its peak, the project will involve some 15,000 people, including Amur Region citizens. When the plant opens, it will employ around 3,000 people.In order to accommodate future employees, a residential district for 5,000 people will be built in Svobodny. It will include 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.