Russia’s Gazprom eyes international helium market


After the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) within the east of Russia, which is 66% full, reaches its full capability, Gazprom will  a serious participant within the worldwide helium market, Russian gasoline monopoly Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller mentioned on September 23.

At the GPP, the multi-component gasoline extracted from the Chayandinskoye and, in the long run, Kovyktinskoye fields and delivered by way of the Power of Siberia gasoline pipeline will endure processing to provide precious parts, together with helium in liquid type. Helium is way in demand in high-tech industries.

“The company will increase its helium production volumes by 13 times, which makes about a third of the current global demand,” Miller informed a presentation of a helium manufacturing and advertising venture that kinds a part of Gazprom’s Eastern Gas Program came about immediately on the Lakhta Center in St Petersburg. “Importantly, Gazprom will reach this result in close interaction with Russian industrial enterprises. Cooperation with KAMAZ is a vivid example of this,” he added.

Taking half within the occasion had been additionally Gazprom Deputy Chairman Vitaly Markelov, KAMAZ Director General Sergey Kogogin and Gazprom Helium Service Director General Lyubov Brish.

According to Gazprom, the demand for helium is rising, particularly within the Asia-Pacific area. With a capability of as much as 60 million cubic metres per yr, the Amur GPP will turn into a worldwide chief in helium manufacturing.

Marketable helium can be delivered from the Amur GPP in containers preserving the temperature of –269 levels Celsius to the Logistics Center for thermally-insulated containers near Vladivostok and subsequently exported by way of the ports of the Primorye Territory, Gazprom mentioned. The Logistics Center, which is being arrange within the Nadezhdinskaya PDA, will turn into the world’s largest hub for servicing thermally-insulated helium containers for supplying liquid helium to the worldwide market. It is deliberate that the Logistics Center may have a capability to carry out upward of 4,500 course of operations with containers per yr. The facility’s building readiness is above 70%.

The containers can be carried from and to the plant, hub and ports by KAMAZ-5490 Neo freight vehicles of Russian make powered by liquefied pure gasoline (LNG) which is an eco-friendly sort of motor gas, Gazprom mentioned, including that the modification of KAMAZ-5490 Neo powered by LNG was developed particularly for Gazprom and offered through the occasion.

A freight truck of this modification has two cryogenic gas tanks for 530 liters of LNG every, which is a enough quantity of gas for the automobile to cowl a distance of as much as 1,400 kilometers with out refueling. The freight vehicles had been manufactured according to the necessities of the European Agreement regarding the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR). Each truck is provided with fashionable security techniques (ABS, VDCS), satellite tv for pc navigation system, and the ITIS system designed for monitoring, recording and management of motor autos and drivers.

During the occasion, Brish and Kogogin signed a contract for the supply of 18 LNG-powered freight vehicles by April 1, 2021. The automobile fleet of Gazprom Helium Service can be supplied with the required providers on the truck producer’s service facilities situated within the Amur Region, Primorye Territory, and Khabarovsk Territory.

The occasion additionally featured a presentation of buses powered by pure gasoline that are bought by town of Saint Petersburg underneath a pilot venture run collectively with Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo with a view to growing the NGV market. The use of eco-friendly public transport makes city surroundings extra snug. The Company is planning to extend the variety of gasoline refueling stations within the metropolis to 25 by 2024.

Gazprom Helium Service (earlier than July 2020 – Gazprom Gazenergoset Geliy) is the corporate authorised to implement the Helium Tank Logistics Center (Hub) funding venture within the Primorye Territory.

In February 2020, Gazprom Gazenergoset Geliy and KAMAZ signed a Roadmap for a batch manufacturing of LNG-powered freight vehicles that can transport helium from the Amur GPP.

The venture of Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo for the creation of a CNG filling station community within the territory of St. Petersburg was acknowledged as certainly one of strategic significance for town.