A new oil absorption unit (MAU-3) which separates condensate from associated gas has been launched by Russian gases company SIBUR at the Nizhnevartovsk Gas Processing Plant, which forms part of Yugragazpererabotka LLC.

Such investments are cited as fundamental to providing additional supply capacity for Russia’s petrochemical plants.

Renovation work on the unit began in 2007 and has been completed four months ahead of schedule, with a total investment of around 800m roubles.

Following commissioning of the unit, the processing capacity will increase by 700 mcm per year to around 4.6 bcm per year of associated gas at the Nizhnevartovsk GPP.

In the longer term there are thought to be plans for further expansion of the plant, including construction of a feedstock compressor station which will boost the plant’s capacity to 5 bcm per year of by 2010.

“We are working hard on a programme to substantially increase gas processing volumes by building new facilities”, stated SIBUR Vice President Mikhail Karisalov.

“These joint investments will enable us to supply Russia’s petrochemicals plants with additional feedstock volumes”.

Mikhail Gordin, Director of TNK-BP’s Associated Gas Processing Department, added, “The renovation of the MAU-3 unit means that associated gas that is currently being flared can now be accepted for processing. Completion of this project is one step in the company’s long-term plan for increasing associated gas utilisation in the region to the stipulated 95%.”

Meanwhile, SIBUR has revealed that Anton Matviyenko, formerly held as the Deputy Head of the company’s Plastics and Organic Synthesis Directorate, has been appointed General Director of SIBUR-PETF OJSC based in Tver.

The outgoing head of SIBUR-PETF, Aleksandr Gorshilov, is now General Director of POLIEF OJSC - based in Blagoveshchensk, Republic of Bashkortostan.