Three large petrochemical centres are planned to be formed on the basis of natural gas, which is produced in the Arctic zone of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, Academician Alexei Kontorovich said in an interview to RusEnergy journal.

In his words, the Petroleum Geology and Geophysics Institute of the Siberian Branch (Russian Academy of Sciences) completed the analysis of the oil-and-gas bearing capacity of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area and the Kara Sea area. Under the research, the above-mentioned territories have got colossal reserves of wet gas, which may be widely used in the domestic petrochemical industry.

"This may become a new material and new technology for our petrochemical industry," Kontorovich said. "This sort of natural gas, wet gas, has a complicated composition of hydrocarbons. It is a promising raw material for the petrochemical sector."

"Russia's petroleum chemistry, like European, always has been focused on the processing of gasoline fractions. At the same time, the United State and Canada mainly refine wet gases, which is more profitable," the academician explained.

"Now, when the decision on fuller use of casing-head gas was adopted, we should focus on the setting up of a full-fledged processing of wet gases," Kontorovich said.

During the last week's working meeting, Yamal Governor Dmitry Kobylkin jointly with the leadership of the republics of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan and representatives of big petroleum companies discussed the supplies of casing-head gas from the Yamal-based fields.

The interlocutors created a working group to carry out a feasibility study of the project, Bashkortostan's Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Innovative Policy Marat Mulyukov said.

Kontorovich is confident that gas produced at the Yamal-based fields might be refined at the enterprises of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan.



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(Originally published March 27, 2012, by ITAR-TASS.)