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Gazprom said the Svobodny thermal power plant has started up to serve the Amur Gas Processing Plant, one of the world’s largest and part of the “Power of Siberia” project comprising pipeline gas for China and LNG for trucks transporting liquid helium as a new Russian Far East export.
The power plant will supply process steam and electricity to the Amur Gas Processing Plant, currently under construction.
The commissioning ceremony for the Svobodny TPP was held on April 20 in the town of Svobodny in the Amur Region.
In the course of the event, supplies of process steam to the Amur Gas Processing Plant started for the purposes of commissioning.
The Amur GPP will become one of the world’s largest facilities in terms of gas processing with 42 billion cubic metres per annum of capacity with a staggered start-up of processing trains from 2021 through 2023.
The Amur GPP will process multi-component natural gas received via the “Power of Siberia” gas pipeline from the Yakutia and Irkutsk gas production centres.
“Valuable components extracted in the course of processing will be used as feedstock for the petrochemical and other industries,” explained Gazprom.
The GPP will include the world’s largest helium production facilities with an annual capacity of up to 60 million cubic metres.
The plant will have six production trains. While the first two lines will start in 2021, the other four would be consecutively put in operation before the end of 2024.
In addition to natural gas and helium, the Amur GPP’s commercial products will include ethane, propane, butane, and pentane-hexane fraction.
The pipeline gas supplies for China started in December 2019 via Gazprom’s “Power of Siberia” trunkline from the Chayandinskoye gas field.
During 2020 the “Power of Siberia” supplies to China came to just 3.84 Bcm via the trunkline, which was less than the expected 5 Bcm in the first year.
Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corp. have signed a 30-year supply agreement for Russian gas to be supplied via the eastern route amounting to 38 Bcm per annum once incremental increases had been met over a period of five years. Gazprom said a central link in the export system for commercial helium, one of the components extracted at Amur, will be a Logistics Centre for servicing thermally-insulated containers.
The Centre is being set up near the city of Vladivostok and will be the world’s largest hub for delivering liquid helium to the global market.
The trucks delivering the helium containers to the export terminal will be powered by LNG from a small-scale fuel plant.
The truck are Russian-built with two cryogenic fuel tanks for 530 litres of LNG each, which is a sufficient amount of fuel for the vehicle to cover a distance of up to 1,400 kilometres without refuelling.
About 20 LNG trucks are being delivered by mid-June 2021. They were manufactured in line with the requirements of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).