No one injured after explosion and fire at major Russian gas processing plant
11 October 2021
An explosion resulted in the closure of an important gas processing plant in Russia’s far east on October 8. The blast occurred at state-controlled Gazprom’s Amur Gas Processing Plant, one of the world’s largest gas processing facilities.
Amur Gas Processing Plant - Image: Gazprom
All work at the plant, located near the town of Svobodny in Russia’s Amur Region, was stopped while firefighters battled the blaze.
The cause and extent of the blast were not initially announced, with Gazprom later saying that gas supplies to China would not be affected. According to its website, the Amur plant is an “essential link in the process chain of natural gas supplies to China” via Gazprom’s Power of Siberia gas pipeline.
According to Reuters news agency, only one of the Amur plant’s processing line had caught fire while others were unaffected. It added that the Amur region’s local general prosecutor’s office said no one was hurt in the explosion which occurred after the “decompression of plant equipment” and that an investigation was already underway.
Local authorities said that the fire was eventually extinguished after several hours. A video posted on social media by news site The Siberian Times shows a large fire engulfing the plant while emergency sirens can be heard.
The plant began production in June 2021 and is designed to process 42 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year. Gazprom expected the plant to reach full capacity by 2025. It is not yet known if the explosion will impact this expectation.