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The online official ceremony to mark the start of SIBUR’s Amur Gas Chemical Complex project

CIS PETROCHEMICALS

The online official ceremony to mark the start of SIBUR’s Amur Gas Chemical Complex project

A construction site in the Amur Region saw the sinking of the 1st test pile in the foundation of Amur Gas Chemical Complex, a facility set to become one of the world’s largest and most advanced basic polymer producers. The official ceremony was held online and was attended via video conference by Mikhail Mishustin, Russian Prime Minister, Vasily Orlov, Governor of the Amur Region, Dmitry Konov, CEO of SIBUR. Source: Neftegaz

The Amur GCC project envisages construction of a basic polymer production facility with a total capacity of 2.7 mtpa (2.3 mtpa of polyethylene and 400 ktpa of polypropylene). The facility will feature a unique and the world's largest cracking unit for the 1st-stage processing of incoming feedstock.

Amur GCC will be launched in synch with the gradual ramp-up of Gazprom's Amur Gas Processing Plant to its full capacity, so that the latter could supply ethane and LPG to Amur GCC for processing into high value-added products. The completion of construction and commissioning is scheduled for 2024–2025. Once in operation, Amur GCC will give a major boost to the growth of non-commodity exports, as Amur GCC’s polymer production capacity is 1.35 times higher than total polymer exports in 2019.

NIPIgaspererabotka will be responsible for project management, procurement and construction of off-site facilities. Where unique foreign licensed equipment is not required, the project will source up to 80% of supplies locally – the highest reliance on local procurement among major gas chemical projects in Russia. Moreover, supplies such as metal structures, construction materials, laboratory and remote control equipment are all intended to come exclusively from local manufacturers.

Amur GCC will be the world’s 1st petrochemical complex to implement a remote control room. The project will benefit from over 150 digital and automated solutions and 24/7 remote monitoring and control of most process operations.

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