Germany’s Linde Group is to develop a mid-scale LNG production, storage and shipment complex on Russia’s Baltic coast at Portovaya near Vyborg on the border with Finland, the company reported on February 7, 2017.
Linde Group signed the contract with Gazprom’s project EPC contractor, the Russian engineering firm SRDI Oil & Gas Peton.
It says the plant will produce some 1.5 million tonnes a year (mta) and will «bridge the gap between small and world-scale LNG projects».
The plant will liquefy natural gas from Gazprom’s Portovaya compressor station, supplied through the Nord Stream pipeline.
Gazprom opened the compressor station, part of the Gryazovets-Vyborg gas trunkline, in 2010.
Linde will carry out basic engineering for the process plant, supplying the equipment and related bulk material for the cryogenic units.
The plant will also use Linde’s Limum technology, a multi-stage mixed refrigerant process that features coil-wound heat exchangers, which it claims improves energy efficiency.
Linde and Peton are partners in other projects, including the Amur gas-processing plant in Russia’s Far East.
Linde has a track record delivering mid-scale LNG projects, notably in Stavanger, pictured.
Chief executive Aldo Belloni said in a statement that the deal «represents another milestone for the successful strategic co-operation between Gazprom and Linde in the area of cryogenic natural-gas processing and liquefaction».
Linde Group is also a partner with Lithuania-based Klaipedos Nafta in Blue LNG, which is to charter the first dedicated LNG bunker-supply ship serving the Baltic.
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