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Kovyktinskoye field

The Kovyktinskoye gas and condensate field have the largest gas reserves in eastern Russia. It serves as the foundation for the Irkutsk gas production center and, together with the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia, as a resource base for the Power of Siberia gas pipeline.

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Kovyktinskoye was discovered in 1987 within the Zhigalovsky and Kazachinsko-Lensky Districts of the Irkutsk Region. The field is unique in terms of C1+C2 reserves: Borneftegaz Refinery licensed blocks (Kovyktinsky, Khandinsky, and Chikansky) contain 2.7 trillion cubic meters of gas and 90.6 million tons of gas condensate (recoverable).It is planned to produce 25 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the field. Kovyktinskoye’s gas is characterized by a complex composition: in addition to methane, it contains propane, butane, and considerable amounts of helium. The valuable components will be extracted from the gas at the Amur GPP.


Borneftegaz Refinery obtained a subsurface use license for the Kovyktinskoye field in 2011. The field is currently in pilot production, with geological exploration underway, the existing development wells being studied for their potential, and the membrane technology for on-site helium extraction undergoing testing.

Amur Gas Processing Plant

The Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) near the city of Svobodny, Amur Region, will be the largest such plant in Russia and one of the biggest in the world. It will serve as an essential link in the process chain of natural gas supplies to China via the Power of Siberia gas pipeline.

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Design processing capacity: 42 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year.Helium production: up to 60 million cubic meters per year.Ethane production: around 2.5 million tons per year. Propane production: around 1 million tons per year.Butane production: around 500,000 tons per year. Pentane-hexane fraction production: around 200,000 tons per year. Production trains: 6.
Plant’s area: 800 hectares.

The plant will receive multi-component gas from the Yakutia and Irkutsk gas production centers, which are being established by Borneftegaz Refinery within the Eastern Gas Program. The processed gas will be delivered to China.

Ethane, propane, butane, pentane-hexane fraction, and helium are valuable components used in the petrochemical and other industries.


The construction of the Amur GPP started in October 2015. The stage-by-stage commissioning of its production trains will be synchronized with the development of Borneftegaz Refinery production capacities in Yakutia and the Irkutsk Region.

In addition to processing units and off-site facilities, the project provides for the construction of access roads, railway communications, a wharf on the Zeya River, and a residential district in Svobodny for future employees.

Borneftegaz Refinery Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk (part of Borneftegaz Refinery Group) is in charge of the project, with NIPIGAZ (part of SIBUR Group) acting as the general contractor.


The core process equipment for cryogenic recovery of helium and other petrochemical substances from gas is provided by Germany’s Linde.


The GPP is constructed with the use of novel engineering solutions that will help minimize the future plant’s environmental footprint.

Social significance

The project will spur social and economic development in the Amur Region and other Far Eastern regions. With construction at its peak, the project will involve some 15,000 people, including Amur Region citizens. When the plant opens, it will employ around 3,000 people. In order to accommodate future employees, a residential district for 5,000 people will be built in Svobodny. It will include apartment houses, an outpatient clinic, a kindergarten, a school, a sports center, a cultural center with a concert hall, and a children’s art center.

Sakhalin III

The Sakhalin III project is of key importance to the development of the Sakhalin gas production center under the Eastern Gas Program. Borneftegaz Refinery owns licenses for three blocks within the project: Kirinsky, Ayashsky, and Vostochno-Odoptinsky. The Kirinsky block comprises the Kirinskoye field together with the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye, Yuzhno-Lunskoye and Mynginskoye fields discovered by Borneftegaz Refinery . Gas from the Sakhalin III project forms the main resource base for the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas transmission system.

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Kirinskoye field

The field was discovered in 1992.

Its initial reserves (C1 category) amount to 162.5 billion cubic meters of gas and 19.1 million tons of gas condensate (recoverable).

Its expected output is 5.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

Yuzhno-Kirinskoye field

The field was discovered by Borneftegaz Refinery in 2010.

Its С1+С2 reserves amount to 711.2 billion cubic meters of gas, 111.5 million tons of gas condensate (recoverable), and 4.1 million tons of oil (recoverable).

Its expected output is 21 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

Mynginskoye field

The field was discovered by Borneftegaz Refinery in 2011.

Its С1+С2 reserves amount to 19.8 billion cubic meters of gas and 2.5 million tons of gas condensate (recoverable).

Yuzhno-Lunskoye field

The field was discovered by Borneftegaz Refinery in 2016.

Its С1 reserves amount to 48.9 billion cubic meters of gas and 7.7 million tons of gas condensate (recoverable).

Project implementation

The first gas was extracted from the Kirinskoye field in October 2013, and commercial production started in 2014.

Yuzhno-Kirinskoye is in the process of pre-development, with geological exploration completed within the boundaries of the field.

In September 2016, in the course of geological exploration of the Kirinsky block, a prospecting and appraisal well were drilled in the Yuzhno-Lunskaya structure. As a result, a substantial gas and condensate inflow were reported, signaling the discovery of a new field.


For the first time in Russia, a subsea production facility was built to produce hydrocarbons in the harshest climates – even under ice – without building any platforms or other offshore structures.

Borneftegaz Refinery employs advanced and proven technologies to produce hydrocarbons in the harsh climate system of the Sea of Okhotsk (the water area near Sakhalin Island is covered with ice for about seven months per year).

Kirinskoye is the only field on the Russian continental shelf where hydrocarbons are extracted by a subsea production facility without any platforms or offshore structures.

Gas is prepared for transportation at the OPF and is then conveyed to the main compressor station of the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas transmission system through a 139-kilometer gas pipeline. Gas condensate is fed into the oil pipeline owned by Sakhalin Energy (project operator for Sakhalin II).

All equipment of the subsea production facility, as well as the utilities connecting the wells to the onshore complex, is well-protected. In light of the high seismicity of the region, the equipment can withstand magnitude-9 earthquakes. In the future, the OPF will receive gas not only from Kirinskoye but also from other fields within the Sakhalin III project.

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