MOSCOW (MRC) -- In 2011, Russian producers increased output of polypropylene (PP) by 9% to 681.4 thousand tonnes. The increase in production was achieved, due to reduced duration of scheduled turnaround at some production sites and exceeding of the rated capacity utilization, according to MRC ScanPlast.
In December, Russian producers reduced PP output to 55.4 thousand tonnes. This happened due to the accident at Stavrolen, which occurred on December 15 and resulted in the shutdown of the whole production complex of PP and PE. Over the first half of this month, the company was able to produced 5.83 tonnes of PP. Other Russian producers increased their output last month.
In general, following the results of 2011, total PP production in Russia made about 681.4 thousand tonnes, which was more by 9% year on year. The greatest increase in production capacity was seen at Neftekhimia with the output more than 114 thousand tonnes. A year earlier this figure made 96.9 thousand tonnes. Such a serious increase in production was achieved by shortening of the turnaround to one week.
In 2011, Nizhnekamskneftekhim increased PP production to 210.4 thousand tonnes, Tomskneftekhim - to 128.7 thousand tonnes, Ufaorgsyntez - to 106.2 thousand tonnes. Stavrolen increased PP production to 122 thousand tonnes, due to the reduced turnaround duration.
In 2011, the share of homopolymers of propylene in the total production decreased to 81%, whereas in 2010 it made nearly 85%. Total production of impact copolymers of propylene increased by 35% to 101 thousand tonnes. The main growth of production volumes was demonstrated by Nizhnekamskneftekhim. The output of stat-propylene copolymers increased by 16% and reached 25.6 thousand tonnes. Tomskneftekhim showed the main production increase due to increased production of pipe random-copolymer of propylene.