Gazprom and Linde look into expanding cooperation

A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Aldo Belloni, Chief Executive Officer of Linde, took place today at the 8th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.

The parties noted the strategic nature of their cooperation, discussing, among other things, the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) construction project. Linde is the supplier of equipment for cryogenic recovery of substances from gas. The construction project is going according to schedule. The 2018 navigation plan is completed, with all of Linde’s heavy and large equipment delivered to the construction site by sea and river transport. The delivered equipment is nearly assembled.

Special attention was paid to the successes of Russian-German technological collaboration. In September, the first spiral heat exchanger was delivered to the Amur GPP. The equipment was produced in Russia for the first time as part of localization efforts by Linde Power Machines, a joint venture of Power Machines and Linde, with support from Gazprom.

Linde’s technologies and equipment are also used in the construction project for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) production, storage and shipment complex near the Portovaya compressor station.

In the course of the meeting, the parties reviewed the prospects of expanding cooperation in the field of gas processing and liquefaction, including the use of gas as a vehicle fuel.

Background

The 8th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum is being held as part of the Russian Energy Week International Forum.

Linde AG is one of the world's largest companies focused on industrial technologies for natural gas treatment and separation with the recovery of ethane, propane and heavier hydrocarbon fractions. In addition, the company designs and builds cryogenic facilities for natural gas and helium liquefaction.

Gazprom’s Amur GPP will be the largest gas processing plant in Russia and one of the biggest in the world. It will have a design capacity of 42 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The plant will have six production lines, with the first two lines slated for commissioning in 2021. In addition to natural gas, the GPP will produce ethane, propane, butane, pentane-hexane fraction, and helium.

Linde supplies the Amur GPP with the core process equipment for cryogenic recovery of helium and valuable petrochemical substances from gas.

The under-construction LNG production, storage and shipment complex near the Portovaya compressor station will have the annual capacity of 1.5 million tons. The project is intended for countries located in the Baltic and North Seas region and for ship bunkering purposes in the Baltic Sea.