February 27, 2020. Russian giant Gazprom has lined up a fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled trucks for the transport of liquid helium from the Amur gas processing plant (GPP).

Gazprom intends to export liquid helium via the logistics center in the Primorye Territory, the company said in its statement.

During a meeting with Rostec, Gazprom Gazenergoset Geliy, Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, and KAMAZ signed a cooperation agreement. Under the agreement, Gazprom Gazenergoset Geliy, the company authorized to implement the Helium Tank Logistics Center investment project, plans to purchase natural gas powered vehicles to transport liquid helium. To that end, freight trucks powered by LNG will be used.

Batch production of these trucks will be carried out at the facilities of KAMAZ. The infrastructure for producing LNG and refueling these trucks will be set up by Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo, the statement reads.

As a follow-up to the agreement, Gazprom Gazenergoset Geliy and KAMAZ signed an action plan. The first 18 LNG-powered trucks that will transport helium in special thermally-insulated containers are expected to be delivered in 2021.