10 Jun 2019 10:38

Gazprom to build another mini LNG plant on Sakhalin - govt

YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK. June 10 (Interfax) - Gazprom will build another mini LNG plant with capacity of 5 tonnes per hour on Sakhalin Island in 2021-2022, the regional government's press service reported, citing an agreement signed over the weekend at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

The agreement was signed by Sakhalin Region acting Governor Valery Limarenko and Gazprom LNG Technology LLC chairman Alexei Kakhidze.

"The joint project with Gazprom calls for the creation of a new energy industry in the region for transporting LNG, equipment, engineering and operation of these facilities," the press service said.

"Thanks to it we will provide ecologically clean fuel to remote areas in the north of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. It will also be possible to use this gas for the needs of stand-alone generation and transport. In future, the project will enable us to enter the interregional market with small-scale LNG supplies to coastal areas of regions in the Far East," Limarenko was quoted as saying.

The town of Poronaisk, located on the eastern coast in the central part of the island, has been chosen as the site for the future plant.

There are plans to build two trains, each with capacity to produce up to 5 tonnes of LNG per hour. The first phase is expected to be built in 2021-2022. The construction schedule for the second phase will become clear after the operation of the first train is assessed.

There are currently more than 500 diesel power plants with combined capacity of over 600 MW operating in Russia's Far East.

The press service also said that the Sakhalin authorities are planning to carry out the complete gasification of the island region in 2020-2025.