Construction of Gazprom’s Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) is currently at 61.9%, the global energy company said yesterday.
Once completed, the Amur GPP will be one of the largest gas processing facilities in the world, serving an essential link in the process chain of natural gas supplies to China via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline.
Located near the town of Svobodny, Amur Region, it will house the world’s largest helium production facility, producing up to 60 million cubic metres per year.
The plant will have six production lines, with the first two lines slated for commissioning in 2021. The remaining lines will be consecutively put in operation before the end of 2024. The GPP is expected to reach its design capacity by 2025.
In addition to natural gas and helium, the GPP will produce ethane, propane, butane, and pentane-hexane fraction.
Giving an update on the project, Gazprom yesterday said at the first and second production trains of the GPP, which are going to come onstream in 2021, installation of the core equipment is completed, process pipelines are being installed and provided with thermal insulation, and start-up and commissioning activities are underway.
Process pipelines are also being installed at the third production train, while the installation of steel structures and foundations for large equipment is being finished at the fourth train.
At the fifth and sixth trains, foundations are being poured while piperacks and steel structures are being assembled. More than 28,000 workers and engineers are working at the construction site.
With the opening of the navigation season, large equipment can now be delivered by sea and river vessels. This year, 43 units of equipment weighing a total of 7,700 tons will be brought to the Amur GPP’s wharf.
Construction of the Svobodny TPP, which has a capacity of 160MW and will provide the GPP with heat and electricity, is ongoing: its main building is completed, the steam generators are in place, and work is underway on the steam turbines and auxiliary equipment.
The commercial product supply system of the Amur GPP will include the Helium Tank Logistics Center based near the city of Vladivostok.
It will be the world’s largest hub for the servicing of thermally-insulated helium containers, which will deliver liquid helium to the global market.
It is planned that the Logistics Center will have a capacity to perform upward of 4,500 process operations with containers per year. At present, construction of the hub’s main production buildings is nearing completion, and preparations for the installation of core process equipment are in progress.