MOSCOW (MRC) -- In January, Russian producers reduced the volume of polypropylene by 12% to 48,653 tonnes. The decline in production resulted from the outage of the petrochemical complex Stavrolen due to the accident in December 15, 2011, according to MRC ScanPlast. In January, Russian producers made 48,653 tonnes of polypropylene, which was 12% less in comparison with the previous month. The main reason of the decline in production was the outage of petrochemical complex Stavrolen (Lukoil Group) due to an accident in December 2011.
Lukoil plans in March-April to resume production of polypropylene from external supplies of feedstock (PPF or propylene). Before that Stavrolen produced on average about 10,000-12,000 tonnes of polypropylene monthly.
Last month, other Russian producers expectedly reduced the volumes of polypropylene, the exception made only Ufaorgsyntez. The output grew by 9% (9,600 tonnes). Nizhnekamskneftekhim has reduced production volume in January by 6%compared with December, to 17,200 tonnes. Tomskneftekhim and Neftekhimiya cut the output by 2% and 5%, respectively, to 12,100 tonnes and 9,700 tonnes.
The share of homopolymers of propylene in the total production made 77%. The output of block copolymers of propylene increased by almost half due to an increase in output by Ufaorgsyntez, while the production of stat- copolymers of propylene, by contrast, was cut almost in half on the back of not operating them by Nizhnekamskneftekhim.