The news of Gazprom’s helium (He) intentions was revealed at gasworld’s first South East Asia conference in 2012.

The Amur  gas processing plant (GPP) with a design capacity of 42bn cubic meters of gas per year will be constructed near Svobodny in the Amur Region. The GPP will include the world’s largest He production facility.

Linde will supply the Amur GPP with the core process equipment for cryogenic recovery of He and valuable petrochemical substances from gas.

The plant forms part of Gazprom’s supply of Russian gas to China via the ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline from eastern Siberian gas fields, and will be built in five phases ending in 2024.

This week, a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Aldo Belloni, Chief Executive Officer of Linde, took place at the Gazprom headquarters.

The parties discussed a wide range of matters related to cooperation in the oil and gas sector, focusing, inter alia, on the construction of the Amur gas processing plant (GPP). The plant is being built according to schedule.

The meeting participants expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the joint coordinating committee. Experts from Gazprom and Linde work closely together in such areas as hydrocarbon processing, natural gas liquefaction, efficiency improvement at gas processing plants, localisation of high-tech equipment manufacturing in Russia, and staff training and development.