Novatek commissioning second frac unit at Baltic port

OAO Novatek has completed construction and begun commissioning at the second stage of its gas-condensate fractionation and transshipment complex at the Baltic Sea port of Ust-Luga, the company reported.

The second stage includes 3 million tonne/year (tpy) of condensate fractionation and an additional deepwater berth. Following start-up of the second-stage, overall gas-condensate processing capacity at Ust-Luga will increase to 6 million tpy, Novatek said.

In June, Novatek started up the 3-million tpy first-stage unit at Ust-Luga, which also included 520,000 cu m of storage for feedstock and products and a deepwater berth equipped with loading arms capable of handling tankers up to 120,000 dwt.

The Ust-Luga complex processes stabilized gas condensate into light and heavy naphtha, jet fuel, gas oil, and heating fuel. The site also ships petroleum products and gas-condensate into international markets, said the company announcement.

The complex currently processes all volumes of stabilized gas condensate produced at the Purovsky gas plant in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region near East-Tarkosalinskoye field. The 5-million tpy plant can produce about 3.7 million tpy of stabilized gas condensate and 1.3 million tpy of LPG.

In 2012, says Novatek, the Purovsky plant received feed from Yurkharovskoye, East-Tarkosalinskoye, Khancheyskoye, Sterkhovoye, and Samburgskoye fields, supplied via the company condensate pipelines, as well as from North-Urengoyskoye field operated by ZAO Nortgas (OGJ, May 3, 2004. p. 62).

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