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New gas processing plant in the Amur Region to be constructed

Alexander Galushka, Minister for Development of the Far East, announced in Vladivostok at an economic forum in September that investment into the construction of the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) is set to reach 800 million rubles. Amur GEA will become the largest GPP in Russia and, by extension, one of the world’s largest gas producing plants, once it is up and running. Gazprom’s Chairman of the Board, Alexey Miller and General Director of Sibur, Dmitry Konov, also took part in the the celebrations which were directed via video call by President Vladimir Putin and which marked the start of construction at Amur GPP.

Alexey Miller remarked at the celebrations on 14 October, that “the Amur GPP means high technologies, significant investments and thousands of new jobs. It will give a powerful impetus to the socioeconomic development of the Amur Region and other Far Eastern provinces.”[1]

Details about Amur:

  • Amur is being built on the “Power of Siberia” pipeline that receives gas from production centres in Yakutia and Irkutsk (part of Gazprom’s Eastern Gas Programme in Russia).
  • Amur will also contribute to the processing of deep hydrocarbons, for which construction is currently being negotiated with Sibur. NIPIGAS, a subsidiary of Sibur, has already signed a contract for the design, coordination of supply equipment, materials and general management of Amur GPP with Gazprom.
  • The plant itself will have a capacity of up to 49 billion cubic metres of gas per year, alongside the following commercial products: 2 million tonnes of ethane; 1 million tonnes of propane; 500,000 tonnes of butane; and 260,000 tonnes of pentane hexane.
  • The plant will also become the world’s largest single helium gas producer, with a capacity of 60 million cubic metres annually.
  • Production at the plant is scheduled to begin in 2019 and will establish a direct gas supply between Russia and China.

Gazprom’s Eastern Programme:

  • Approved by the Ministry for Industry and Energy in 2007, the Eastern Gas Programme exists to integrate gas production, transportation and supply in Siberia and the Far East and.
  • It also was created to establish a strong base from which Russia would be able to supply the Asia-Pacific region and attract new customers alongside its dealings with China, Japan and other significant energy consumers.
  • Gazprom is the state-appointed coordinator of the Programme and holds a total monopoly over its implementation and future running.

The “Power of Siberia”:

  • Chinese clients will receive 38 bcm gas per year through this gas transportation system.

By 2018, the 2200 km section of the system linking together the Russo-Chinese border with Yakutia is scheduled to be completed alongside an 800 km section joining together two fields in the Irkutsk region and a further section of 1000 km joining together Amur and Khabarovsk.[2]

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