GAZPROM COMMISSIONS AMUR GPP WORLD’S LARGEST HELIUM HUB IN RUSSIAN FAR EAST
The commissioning ceremony for the world’s biggest Logistics Center for the servicing of helium containers (helium hub), which will be used to deliver liquid helium to the global market, was celebrated by Gazprom.
The demand for helium is strong in high-tech industries and is now on the rise, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.
The helium hub, which is located in the Nadezhdinskaya PDA near sea ports in the Primorye Territory, is the key link in the logistics chain of commercial helium supplies from the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP). The hub will provide servicing for containers that are sent to the GPP to be filled, arrange logistics operations and carry out acceptance, weight checks and preparation of thermally-insulated containers arriving from the Amur GPP for their further loading onto sea vessels. The containers are designed to maintain the temperature of minus 269 degrees Celsius in order to keep helium in liquid state.
Container transportation services are provided by the in-house vehicle fleet of Gazprom Helium Service, the helium hub operator. KAMAZ-5490 Neo freight trucks, which were specially designed for Gazprom, use air suspension that makes it possible to transport helium safely. The trucks run on eco-friendly liquefied natural gas. The fuel is produced directly onsite at the hub.
The Amur GPP, one of the largest plants of its kind in the world, is being built near the town of Svobodny in the Amur Region. The plant receives multi-component gas via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline from the Chayandinskoye field (Yakutia); later on, it will also receive gas from the Kovyktinskoye field (Irkutsk Region). The plant will have a design capacity of 42 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
(Source and image: Gazprom)