Gazprom is set to become one of the world’s major helium players when it increases its helium production by 13 times through the Amur Gas Processing Plant, according to the Russian company.
Gazprom says the Amur GPP project, which it is building in the far southeast of Russia, is 66% complete and claimed at a presentation in St Petersburg that the huge facility will have a capacity of up to 60 million cubic metres of helium per year.
“After the Amur GPP reaches its full capacity, Gazprom will become a major player in the international helium market,” said Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.
“The company will increase its helium production volumes by 13 times, which makes about a third of the current global demand. Importantly, Gazprom will reach this result in close interaction with Russian industrial enterprises. Cooperation with KAMAZ is a vivid example of this.”
The multi-component gas extracted from the Chayandinskoye and, in the longer term, Kovyktinskoye fields and delivered via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline will undergo processing to produce valuable components, including helium in liquid form.
Helium will be delivered from Amur GPP in containers to the Logistics Centre for thermally-insulated containers near Vladivostok, a port city on the Pacific Ocean near the borders with China and North Korea. Helium will then be exported via the ports of the Primorye Territory, according to Gazprom.
Gazprom said in a press release, “The Logistics Center, which is being set up in the Nadezhdinskaya PDA, will become the world’s largest hub for servicing thermally-insulated helium containers for supplying liquid helium to the global market. It is planned that the Logistics Centre will have a capacity to perform upward of 4,500 process operations with containers per year. The facility’s construction readiness is above 70%”.
The containers will be trucked by KAMAZ-5490 Neo freight trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).