Major fire hits Gazprom gas production


A major accident at a condensate treatment plant operated by Gazprom would have considerably slowed down the production of natural gas in the large fields operated by the Russian gas monopoly in the Yamal-Nenets region in Western Siberia.

Gazprom has yet to disclose the extent of the exit restrictions, however, said the fire in the first train of the facility resulted in the production of condensate being completely shut down for further processing at another facility. the town of Surgut. No injuries or deaths were reported.

Additionally, according to data from German transport operator Gascade, Russian gas deliveries through Poland to the country were halved from 5:00 p.m. local time on August 5, picking up slightly in the early hours of today. .

Gas supply via the Nord Stream undersea pipeline to Germany has remained unchanged over the past 24 hours, according to other transport operators.

European customers have previously complained that Gazprom has repeatedly refused to increase their gas supply and underground storage facilities on the continent to meet growing energy demand and prepare for the upcoming winter season.

According to a regional department of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, the fire on the first train of Gazprom’s ethane separation line was reported around 3 a.m. and was not fully extinguished until 21 hours later.

Neither the ministry nor Gazprom have commented on numerous social media videos, which appear to show a massive explosion yesterday morning as the blaze set in.

The ministry simply said the fire burned down an area of ​​around 2,000 square meters, while regional media said Gazprom’s internal security department warned employees not to post any video of the crash in line.

The condensate treatment plant is a major facility covering around 100 hectares near the town of Novy Ourengoy in Western Siberia, according to Gazprom.

It was built in the 1980s to handle the growing volume of condensate produced with natural gas from Urengoy and other fields inherited from the Yamal-Nenets region that were commissioned in the 1960s and early 1970s. 1970s.

As these assets deplete, a higher percentage of condensate – flared in the early years of development – comes to the surface with the gas.

According to Gazprom, the facility near Novy Ourengoy is capable of processing up to 11 million tonnes of condensate (81 million barrels) per year, with plans to build additional processing units to increase annual capacity to 16 million. tons.

Last year Gazprom reported producing around 133 million barrels of condensate, suggesting that the facility near Novy Urengoy was a significant part of that production.

There has been no comment on the possible reasons for Thursday’s incident.

However, an anonymous worker at the processing facility reportedly said that earlier this week an emergency shutdown was triggered at the second train in the line tasked with removing ethane from the incoming liquid mixture.

This resulted in the first train operating at maximum capacity, the employee said.

The ethane separation trains are considered the first in the facility’s line of multiple processors, which remove out-of-specification content from the condensate to meet market specifications.

Gazprom said in a brief statement to the Russian state news agency Tass: “The causes and consequences of the accident are being analyzed.” Local reports have suggested that the company’s top executives are on their way to Novy Urengoy to assess the damage and organize alternative routes to ship the condensate from the fields.

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