The plant is to have an annual capacity of 220,000 tonnes of LNG, with full capacity to be reached in 2024. The first stage is to be bought into service in the first quarter of 2023.
The company intends to use the LNG produced for communal services and quarries as well as refuelling stations. A significant number of buses in the region are powered by gas and more stations are needed.
Geological exploration started on the deposit in 2011 and 33 wells now operate there, with plans to bring into service 110 wells altogether.
Gazprom has already announced plans to build small-scale LNG production plants in Vladivostok on the Pacific coast and on the Black Sea coast with an annual capacity of 1.5 million tonnes and 0.5-1.5 million tonnes respectively.
The company is also planning to study the possibility of building an LNG plant in southern Russia, given potentially large demand there. In total, plans call for small-scale LNG plants within this time frame to be quadrupled to 400,000 tonnes a year.
Unlike large-scale plants, these facilities are primarily intended to provide for the domestic market. A total of 11 small-scale plants operate in Russia, but on average function at less than half their planned capacity.