Gazprom partner to start building Baltic Sea chemical plant

RusGazDobycha, a business partner of Russian gas giant Gazprom, plans to start building a chemical plant as part of a massive gas processing cluster on the shores of the Baltic Sea, later this month, RusGazDobycha said. 

The wider project with Gazprom's participation will help Russia, already a leading energy producer, to reach its goal of boosting its share of the LNG market.

A first stage of the cluster is set to come on stream in 2024, while the second is to be launched in 2025.

RusGazDobycha did not give financial details for the project that is in part financed by the Russian state, including by the VEB corporation.

Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L quit the project in 2019 after Gazprom integrated the Baltic LNG project and gas processing plants and added a partner with links to an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Oksana Kobzeva; editing by Barbara Lewis)

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