Amur Gas Processing Plant Aims to Overtake US in Global Helium Market: Gazprom Official Briefs Putin

Gazprom Plans to Overthrow US in Global Helium Market

A senior Gazprom official briefed Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Amur gas processing plant’s plans to overthrow the United States in the global helium market.

Gazprom’s Ambitious Plans

Gazprom representative Yuri Lebedev told the Russian President that the Amur plant plans to replace helium supplies from the United States, where there is a decline.

The official noted that the plant will occupy more than 30 percent of the world market when it reaches full capacity.

Visit to the Amur Gas Processing Plant

After negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Vostochny Airport space base, located in the Amur region of Russia, the President of Russia went on a working visit to the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP), also located in the Amur region.

The gas plant has been under construction since October 2015 as part of the state program for the development of the Amur region, and since that date, about 1,000 equipment suppliers and more than 100 contractors have taken part in the construction of the facility.

The main construction site of the plant is approximately 900 hectares, which is equivalent to the area of 1,100 football fields.

The Amur plant is capable of processing 42 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year. The plant project includes the construction of 6 technological lines with a capacity of 7 billion cubic meters per year each, as well as the construction of 3 facilities for purification, liquefaction and filling of ultra-pure helium with a capacity of 20 million cubic meters of gas annually for each.

The plant receives gas through the Power of Siberia gas pipeline from the Chiandinskoye and Koviktinskoye fields. At the plant, raw gas is divided into parts, sent for deep processing and used in chemical production.

After reaching full production capacity, the plant will annually produce 38 billion cubic meters of methane fraction, 2.4 million tons of ethane, 1.5 million tons of liquefied hydrocarbon gases, 60 million cubic meters of ultra-pure helium and other components.

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