The amount of investments was not provided. Construction could be financed by Russian and foreign investors.
The plants will separately produce dimethyl ether and methanol. The first plan will process 760 million cubic meters of gas per year and produce 300,000 tonnes of dimethyl ether per year, and the second plant will process 800 million cubic meters of gas per year and produce 2,500 tonnes of methanol per day.
The regional government agreed with gas giant Gazprom, operator of the 4,000-kilometer pipeline, on supplies of 6 billion cubic meters of gas until 2030. Construction of Sila Sibiri started on Monday; its capacity will amount to 61 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
Dimethyl ether and methanol are used for production of ethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene and other materials.