OREANDA-NEWS. A festive ceremony dedicated to the start of the Amur gas processing plant (GPP) construction took place today in the Svobodnensky District of the Amur Region.

Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, attended the ceremony.

Russian President Vladimir Putin commanded to launch the Amur GPP construction via a video call.

The Amur GPP will be Russia’s major and one of the world’s major gas processing facilities with the nominal capacity of up to 49 billion cubic meters of gas a year. The gas processing plant will also include a helium production block with the annual output of up to 60 million cubic meters – the most extensive one around the globe. The plant will be built using Linde (Germany) technologies.

The Amur GPP is an essential part of the process chain of natural gas supply to China via the eastern route under the biggest-ever contract. Multi-component gas will be delivered to the GPP via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline from the Yakutia and Irkutsk gas production centers being built by Gazprom within the Eastern Gas Program. The GPP will strip from natural gas the following valuable components necessary for gas chemistry and other industries: ethane, propane, butane, pentane-hexane fraction and helium. The processed gas will be supplied to China.

“Today Gazprom launched the construction of a state-of-the-art and powerful facility – the Amur GPP. This is a milestone event for the Russian gas processing industry and for the emerging gas industry in Eastern Russia. 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,” said Alexey Miller.