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Gazprom reworking Blagoveshchensk: creating new opportunities for professionals!

The Amur GPP will be the first in Russia and the second in the world in terms of gas processing volumes, and will provide thousands of specialists with jobs and a comfortable life

Gazprom reworking Blagoveshchensk: creating new opportunities for professionals!
Photo: Igor Afanasyev, General Director of Gazprom Recycling Blagoveshchensk, presents the project of the Amur Gas Processing Plant at VEF-2017. Photo by TASS
The Far Eastern city of Svobodny was born thanks to the infrastructure project of the Stolypin times - the construction of the Amur railway. The city was founded a little over 100 years ago, in 1912. It was assumed that Svobodny, favorably located at the intersection of the new highway and the Zeya River, would eventually become the capital of the Amur region. But his fate turned out differently. Now there are only 54 thousand inhabitants. Of the sights - a dozen monuments of the Soviet period and the country's longest children's railway. But very soon the life of the city, born of one ambitious project, will completely change another, much larger one. In June this year, by a decree of the government of the Russian Federation, a territory of advanced socio-economic development was created here - the Svobodny ASEZ. And potential residents of the TOP have already appeared. OOO Gazprom pererabotka Blagoveshchensk, a member of the Gazprom Group, became the anchor resident. This company acts as an investor and customer for the construction project of the Amur gas processing plant. And when the project is completed, Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk LLC will start operating it.

The agreement on the implementation of activities in the territory of priority social and economic development (PDA) "Svobodny" was signed at the Eastern Economic Forum by Igor Afanasyev, Director General of Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk, and Denis Tikhonov, Director General of the Far East Development Corporation. The signing was attended by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Yury Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister and Plenipotentiary of the Russian President in the Far Eastern Federal District, Alexander Galushka, Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East, and Alexander Kozlov, Governor of the Amur Region. 

According to the document, the company Gazprom Recycling Blagoveshchensk, an investor and customer of the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GEA) construction project, received the status of a resident of the Svobodny TOR. The agreement is effective until the year 2052 with the possibility of prolongation and covers both the period of creation of the Amur Gas Processing Plant and associated infrastructure and the period of their operation. 

The Amur GPP will become the largest in Russia and the second in the world in terms of natural gas processing volumes. Its design capacity will be 42 billion cubic meters of gas per year. For comparison: last year, all gas processing plants in Russia processed 74 billion cubic meters of natural gas. This means that with the Amur GPP reaching its design capacity, the volume of natural gas processing in the country will grow by more than 50%.

The feedstock will be supplied via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline from the Yakutsk and Irkutsk gas production centers, which Gazprom is creating as part of the Eastern Gas Program. The buyer of commercial gas under the largest contract in history will be China. The planned export volume is 38 billion cubic meters of methane per year.

Not only traditional ethane, propane, butane and pentane-hexane fractions will be produced at the Amur Gas Processing Plant, the world's largest helium production will be created here - up to 60 million cubic meters per year.

Asian countries will become the main consumers of helium produced by the Amur GPP. This inert gas will find application in the rocket and space, electronic and nuclear industries, in shipbuilding and will be used for the production of semiconductors and optical fibers, and will also find application in fundamental and applied research, medicine and the entertainment industry.

Today, the Asia-Pacific countries account for about 36% of the world helium consumption. The main consumers are Japan and China. The Chinese region is now showing the world's highest helium consumption growth rates. Consumption for this gas is developing in South Korea and Taiwan, Thailand and India.

Significant production volumes and the territorial proximity of the Amur GPP to key sales markets under conditions of technological restrictions on helium transportation (helium can be stored in containers without losses for no more than 45 days) determine the high competitiveness of the plant's products. Thus, there are all the prerequisites for the fact that the Russian liquefied helium will occupy a significant share of the Asia-Pacific markets and the world market as a whole.

The start of the largest investment project in the Far Eastern Federal District was given by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2015, since the project is important both for Gazprom and for the entire country.

Construction of this scale in the country was not from 70-80 years of the last century. The size of the main building site alone is more than 850 hectares, it could accommodate 1100 football fields. And the total area of ​​land plots of all objects of the Amur GPP is even greater - over 1700 ha.

In 2017, the project entered the active phase of implementation: on August 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected the construction site and started laying the foundation for the main technological facilities of the complex. As noted in his performance by the President of Russia, such major projects in the gas-chemical sector of the country have never been implemented. This is a huge step in the development of the entire Far East.

“The launch of the plant will give the opportunity to expand the gasification of Yakutia and start the gasification of the Amyrsky region,” said Vladimir Vladimirovich. - This is a large and massive work. "

According to the project, the Amur GPP will be built in several stages. There will be six production lines in total, each with a capacity of 7 billion cubic meters of gas. The commissioning of the first start-up complex is scheduled for April 2021. The first start-up complex includes 2 technological lines. In the future, one technological line will be commissioned annually. Thus, by 2024, 6 technological lines with a design capacity of 42 billion cubic meters of gas will be put into operation. Each line will, in fact, be an independent processing complex. Thus, over three years, from September 2017 to September 2020, Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk will have to attract about 1 people to operate the first start-up complex - from a mechanic-repairman to a plant director. In 500, when all technological lines will be launched, about 2024 people will work at the Amur GPP.

As Igor Afanasyev, General Director of Gazprom re-processing Blagoveshchensk, notes, the gas processing plant is not an oil or gas field, the operation of which is carried out on a rotational basis. This is a complex and high-tech production, which requires qualified specialists who will be employed at the enterprise on an ongoing basis.

"A key factor in the success of attracting such a significant number of specialists to a permanent job in the Far East is the creation of a comfortable environment for living and working in the Free City," said Igor Afanasyev. "Our company is already trying to create comfortable conditions for future employees." And indeed, for future employees of the plant, a modern microdistrict is already being built, designed to accommodate 5 thousand people. It will be fully autonomous with its own infrastructure. "

Total in the new neighborhood will be built up to 170 thousand square meters. m. departmental housing - 36 townhouses and 42 apartment buildings. In the future, it is planned to provide employees of the gas processing plant with preferential terms for the acquisition of housing in the property.

Everyone understands that no one will step down and go to the Far East only in pursuit of a "long" ruble. Even good housing can not become a sufficient motivation. When deciding to move, people expect that they will not lose in the new place in quality of life. That in walking distance will be everything that they are used to - polyclinics, schools, cinemas and even swimming pools. In the new micro district, all this will be. There will be a school for 900 pupils, a kindergarten at 350 places with an indoor swimming pool, a culture and leisure center, a polyclinic for adults and children, a universal sports and training complex with an ice arena and a swimming pool, a consumer service center and even multi-level parking. In general, everything you need for a normal, comfortable life.

"Of course, construction will take time. And schools, kindergartens and polyclinics are necessary for employees of our enterprise today, says Igor Afanasyev. - To solve this problem in the next two years will help the implementation of the long-term plan for the social and economic development of the city of Svobodny, developed by the city and regional authorities on behalf of the Russian President. "

The emergence of the Amur GPP will give a powerful impetus to the industrial development of the Amur Region and the entire Russian Far East. Indeed, in Svobodny not only the Amur GPP will be built, but also other enterprises.

Now PJSC "SIBUR Holding" is considering the possibility of building in the Svobodnensky region another enterprise - the Amur gas chemical complex, the raw material base for which will be provided by products of the Amur Gas Processing Plant. In the future, it is planned to form a modern technological gas-chemical cluster. It will become a center of attraction for new industries, a source of raw materials for related industries. New enterprises will also appear thanks to the preferences that determine the status of the TOSER resident - customs benefits, income tax benefits, property tax and land tax, benefits on contributions to off-budget funds and rent.

It is necessary to take into account the fact that the gas processing industry is new for the Amur region, so the local labor market will not be able to satisfy significant needs for skilled personnel. The region simply does not physically have the right number of qualified power engineers, metrologists, technologists, mechanics, chemists, IT specialists or signalmen. Inadequate human resource of the Far East compels to seek professionals with the necessary competencies beyond its borders. And above all, the Amur Gas Processing Plant expects the inflow of specialists from the regions of Russia, where similar-profile production is already operating - from the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Irkutsk Region and other regions. Perhaps, the law on the Far Eastern hectare will help them to move to their destination. Free is located geographically almost at the latitude of Sochi. Hot summer, clear and dry autumn, an abundance of picturesque lakes in the immediate vicinity of the city - many people will want to build a house here.

The gas processing plant will not work for a year, not two years and not ten years. He will always need qualified specialists who are familiar with all the subtleties of the enterprise. Therefore, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Amur Region together with PJSC Gazprom and the leadership of the plant under construction are developing a training program. The future employees of the Amur Gas Processing Plant are already studying at the Amur State University in Blagoveshchensk, which received the status of a supporting university of Gazprom, at the National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Kazan National Research Technological University and the Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after IM. Gubkin. The best students receive personal scholarships of PJSC Gazprom.

Yesterday's Free Schoolchildren also have the opportunity to get the required specialty in the Amur Technical College. In Blagoveshchensk, graduates of schools can enter the Amur College of Construction and Housing. And the tenth graders 1 September of this year went to study in the profile "Gazprom-class", created on the basis of one of the schools of Svobodny.

Gazprom reworking Blagoveshchensk invests heavily in the technical equipping of colleges and universities, where the future specialists of the Amur Gas Processing Plant study. Buys equipment for chemical laboratories, opens training workshops. The company supports educational institutions, as it understands: when building a high-tech enterprise, it is not enough to invest in the construction of a plant. First of all, it is necessary to invest in the main resource - personnel.

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