The first Grasys industrial membrane plant in Russia for helium recovery from natural gas has been successfully tested at the Kovykta gas and condensate field.

A joint project between Gazprom OJSC and RPC Grasys in the field of helium production, the plant is one of the first major pieces of equipment deployed in the development of the East Siberian Gas Programme.

During the acceptance testing, the membrane two-stage helium recovery plant of Grasys was inspected by the joint commission of Gazprom OJSC, Gazprom dobycha Irkutsk LLC, Gazprom dobycha Noyabrsk LLC, Gazprom Razvitie LLC, Central Petroleum Instrument Design Bureau of Gazprom OJSC and Gazprom VNIIGAZ OJSC.

The representatives of the companies checked the plant operation in various modes. Data obtained during the testing will be used for design of industrial membrane plants at the facilities of Gazprom OJSC, in particular, the Chayandinskoe oil, gas and condensate field.

East Siberia helium map

Source: gasworld

For the Russian gas market, this project has a strategic importance considering that the Siberia-based commercial production may one day bring the region to a leadership position in the global helium market.

“The completed test stage confirms compliance of the membrane plant with the engineering assignment, design analysis and regulatory documentation, and its efficiency in terms of helium recovery from helium-bearing gas,” commented Dmitry Solodov, the Deputy Director of the Hydrocarbon Project Department of RPC Grasys.