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The plant’s second train is expected to be brought into service later this year. And the plant is due to reach its planned capacity in 2025.
The plant is located next to the town of Svobodniy in Amur region opposite China, and is to become the focal point of a centre of complete gas processing in Russia’s far east.
Resources for the plant will be drawn from multi-purpose gas from the Chayandinskoe field in Yakutia to the north. Later on, it will be supplied from gas from the Kovyktinskoye field in Irkutsk region to the west.
The plant is to produce 2.4 million tonnes of ethane, 1.5 million tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and 200,000 tonnes of pentane-hexane fraction. The main consumer of the ethane and LPG produced by the plant will be the Amur gas-chemical complex (a joint project of SIBUR and Sinopec).
The Amur processing plant could also become a world leader in production of helium – with an annual output of 60 million cu.m. Construction of a special helium hub in Vladivostok is soon to be completed and the plant put into operation.