MOSCOW, 15 Sep — PRIME. Gazprom’s small-scale LNG plant on Sakhalin with a capacity of more than 50 million tons of liquefied gas per year can be put into operation in 2024, the Vedomosti newspaper reports, citing a representative of the Sakhalin Oblast Energy Ministry.
It is specified that the design of the LNG plant should be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022, the commissioning of the first stage is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023. The source of gas for LNG production will be the resources of the Sakhalin-2 project. The gas will be delivered in tank containers through the seaport of Korsakov to the sea terminals of Kurilsk, Severo-Kurilsk, Malokurilsk and Yuzhno-Kurilsk. The bulk of the produced gas will be used to supply the Kuril Islands.
In addition, in the fourth quarter of 2022, the design of the system for receiving, storing and regasifying LNG on the islands of Iturup (Kurilsk) and Kunashir (Yuzhno-Kurilsk) should be completed, the commissioning of the infrastructure is planned for the fourth quarter of 2023. The design of similar systems on the islands of Paramushir (Severo-Kurilsk) and Shikotan (Malokurilskoye) is scheduled for the third quarter of 2023, and commissioning is planned for the third quarter of 2025. The cost of the project is not specified. A spokesman for Gazprom declined to comment.
Earlier, on September 8, within the framework of the Eastern Economic Forum, the government of the Sakhalin Region signed an agreement with Gazprom on the construction of a liquefied natural gas plant on the island, said the head of the region, Valery Limarenko. At the same time, he noted that the plans are to fully gasify Sakhalin and the Kuriles by the end of 2025.
However, the source of the newspaper in the government of the Sakhalin region is not sure that the plant will be launched as early as 2023. “The design documentation has not even been developed yet,” he said, adding that the plant’s capacity was reduced, since initially it was about the production of 60,000 tons of LNG per year. Deputy of the Sakhalin Regional Duma Svetlana Ivanova considers the launch of the plant in 2024 to be the most realistic.