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Irkutsk region undertakes gas processing

The authorities of the region ask the Ministry of Economic Development to support the project of the Irkutsk oil company

Irkutsk region undertakes gas processing

The investment project of the Irkutsk Oil Company (INC), which is going to build a gas processing and gas chemical complex in the north of the Angara region based on its deposits, claims federal co-financing. The government of the Irkutsk region proposed that the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation include it in the list of strategic projects for implementation in the Far East and the Baikal region until the year 2018. The possible amount of financial support from the state has not yet been called, but the INC says that it is a sum of at least 170 million rubles.

LLC "Irkutsk Oil Company" intends to create a gas chemical complex in the north of the region on the basis of its Yarakta and Markovskoye oil and gas condensate fields. Within the framework of the first stage, the company is already building a complex for receiving, storing and shipping liquefied petroleum gas in the city of Ust-Kut, setting up preparation of natural and associated gas at the Yaraktinskoye field, and a gas pipeline to Ust-Kut. The first deliveries of liquefied gas to consumers (a technical mixture of propane and butane) the company intends to start in October 2015, the total transshipment volume will be up to 160 thousand tons per year. At the second stage, INC wants to increase gas supplies to 800 thousand tons per year, and finally, in the third, by the year of 2019, to build a polymer plant in Ust-Kut that produces polyethylene. The whole project INC, according to the most rough estimates, is estimated at 120 billion rubles, the company's investments in 2015 will be about 10 billion rubles.

The Minister of Economic Development of the Irkutsk Region Ruslan Kim told EastRussia that in the current conditions the INC will not be able to fully realize its project - this is due to the insufficient capacity of the Lena transport hub, namely the Lena, Yakurim and Lena-Vostochnaya railway stations. If the Economic Development Ministry recognizes the INC strategic project and includes it in the FTP, then the state support funds must be spent to solve infrastructure problems, Ruslan Kim believes.

The representative of the INC explained to EastRussia that the company had already received from RZD the technical conditions for the Lena-Vostochnaya station, designed to handle 500 thousand tons of cargo per year, and fulfilled its development project.

"In total, investments for the implementation of technical conditions for the reconstruction of the station in the prices of the third quarter of 2014 were estimated at 170 million rubles. Taking into account the possible increase in cargo turnover up to 2 million tons, the expenses of the INC on the implementation of technical conditions can grow several times. Indeed, state support is needed to lift restrictions on the railway, "- said the source EastRussia.

The minister added that the government of the region is also considering the possibility of creating a gas chemical complex based on the southern fields of the Irkutsk region: Angara-Lenskoye, Pravoberezhny and Levoberezhny areas (the owner of licenses is Petromir LLC) and Zaslavsky deposit (Kada-Neftegaz LLC).

"Taking into account existing production facilities and potential industrial sites, the cities of Angarsk, Sayansk, Usolye-Sibirskoe can become" anchor "cities for a gas chemical cluster," Kim explained.

However, Sayansk, or rather the city-forming enterprise of Sayanskkhimplast, the largest producer of polyvinyl chloride in Russia, is the most prepared site for gas processing and gas chemical production facilities.

"There is an area free of construction, engineering communications have been implemented, which significantly reduces the volume of capital investments and the terms of designing and building production capacities," Kim noted.

Sayanskkhimplast (SHPP) is currently negotiating with Kada-Neftegaz about gas supplies. According to the government, the estimated requirements for CPP are estimated at 1 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

"Negotiations on gas supply to Sayanskkhimplast are planned to be completed by the end of 2015 year - the beginning of 2016 year after putting the field into commercial operation," the minister said.

According to data for 2006 year, the resources of the last Zaslavsky Rosnedra field were estimated at 103,9 billion cubic meters of gas. But for the full development of gas chemistry in the south of the region, as the government of the Irkutsk region believes, license areas of Petromir with aggregate reserves and resources of more than 2,3 trillion cubic meters of gas are still needed.


In addition to the INC, the Irkutsk government sent three more projects to the Ministry of Economic Development, (the investor is OK Rusal), the mining and processing plant on the basis of the Zashihinsky tantalum-niobium deposit (ZAO Technoinvest Alliance). The total investment in four projects is estimated at 285 billion rubles, the infrastructure for projects is needed 18,3 billion rubles.

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