8 Dec 2023 10:25

Gazprom launches third train of Amur GPP, half of plant capacity

MOSCOW. Dec 8 (Interfax) - Gazprom has launched the third of six planned process trains at the Amur Gas Processing Plant (Amur GPP), the Russian gas giant reported following the management board's review of progress on the construction of the plant.

"It was noted that three process trains are now operating and ensuring production of commercial product at the Amur GPP," the company said.

Amur GPP, which is located in Svobodny, Amur Region, will become one of the largest natural gas processing plants in the world upon completion, with design capacity for 42 billion cubic meters of gas per year. It will include six trains with capacity for 7 bcm of raw gas per year. The launch of the plant is being synchronized with the expansion of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline.

In the course of set-up and commissioning of equipment designed and supplied by Linde, identical gas leaks and fires occurred on the second train in October 2021 and the first train in January 2022. Three months after the second fire, in March 2022, Linde announced the suspension of projects in Russia.

Gazprom launched two process trains at the Amur GPP in late summer 2023 - the restored first train and a new third train. Now the company has reported the launch of the second train, which was most severely damaged by the fire.

Gazprom said construction of the plant is continuing and the project is now 90.84% complete.

The fourth train is being prepared for start-up and commissioning and construction and installation work is in progress on the fifth and sixth.