Construction Starts for Ethane Complex near Ust-Luga
Construction ha begun on the Complex for processing ethane-containing gas near the settlement of Ust-Luga in the Leningrad Region. The CPECG is the only cluster of this kind in the world, combining capacities for gas processing, gas chemistry, and natural gas liquefaction.The CPECG will consist of two major enterprises. The first of them is the integrated complex for natural gas processing and liquefaction (the Gas Processing Complex, or the GPC of CPECG; the project operator is RusKhimAlyans, a joint venture of Gazprom and RusGazDobycha). The second one is the gas chemical complex technically affiliated with the GPC (the GCC of CPECG; the project operator is Baltic Chemical Complex, a subsidiary of RusGazDobycha).
The GPC of CPECG will have the largest capacity in Russia and one of the largest in the world in terms of gas processing (45 billion cubic meters per year), and will be the leader in northwestern Europe in terms of liquefied natural gas production (13 million tons of LNG per year). The gas remaining after the processing will go into Gazprom’s gas transmission system in the amount of approximately 18 billion cubic meters per year.
Among the GPC’s most important marketable products will be ethane, a valuable raw material for the gas chemical industry. Ethane fraction will be supplied to the GCC of CPECG. The GCC will have a capacity of over 3 million tons of polymers per year – the largest output by a single facility worldwide.
The feedstock for the Gas Processing Complex will come in the form of high ethane-content natural gas. Initially, this gas will be delivered to the enterprise from fields in the Nadym-Pur-Taz region of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, and later on it will also be produced at Tambeyskoye, the richest field in the Yamal Peninsula. The gas will be transmitted via gas trunklines specially allocated for ethane-containing gas.