Linik stopped the production of PP

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Ukrainian producer Linik stopped on Monday the production of polypropylene (PP). The suspension of production resulted from the lack of feedstock for PP production, the production is to be resumed after the 20th of May, according to MRC analysts.

On Monday, Ukrainian producer Linik stopped the production of PP. The suspension resulted from the company's stoppage of oil refining in mid-March, and long-term turnaround of Ryazan refinery (TNK-BP Group), which is the main supplier of propane-propylene fraction (PPF) for the production of polypropylene.

After stoppage of its oil refinery Linik had to switch to the imported feedstock (PPF) from Ryazan oil refinery. Last month, Ukrainian producer managed to produce about 6,400 tonnes of polypropylene using both own stocks of PPF and feedstock from Russian refinery.

In April, Ryazan refinery stopped on long-term turnaround (about 45 days), and therefore the supply of PPF to Ukraine was suspended, and as a consequence, Linik had to stop the production of PP. Over the last fortnight, Linik produced about 2,800 tonnes of polypropylene. However, in late May Linik plans to resume the production of PP.

Over less than four months 2012, Linik produced about 23,600 tonnes of PP, which by one third down year on year.


Ukraine increased production of large volume polymers

MOSCOW (MRC) -- In January-March, the total production of large volume polymers in Ukraine rose by more than one and half in comparison with the previous year and made 95,000 tonnes. The main growth in production volumes were provided by Karpatneftekhim, according to MRC analysts.

In March, the total production of large volume polymers (polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride and polystyrene) in Ukraine grew to 37,320 tonnes, the largest increase in of production fell on the output of polyvinyl chloride produced by Karpatneftekhim (Lukoil Group).

Karpatneftekhim continues to increase the production of polyvinyl chloride. Last month, the company increased PVC production to 20,000 tonnes, having increased its capacity utilization to 80%. Over the first three months 2012, the total production of PVC in Ukraine made a little more than 40,000 tonnes.

Karpatneftehim works with 100% of capacity utilization. In March, the total production of HDPE increased by 7% compared with the February index - up to 9,350 tonnes. Production of HDPE grew due to the calendar factor. In Q1, the production volume of polyethylene reached 27,500 tonnes.

In mid-March, Ukrainian producer of polypropylene (PP) Linik stopped oil refining. The production of PP had been suspended by the beginning of this week. Last month, the company produce about 6,400 tonnes of the polymer. In January-March, the total production of PP made about 20,800 tonnes, which 23% down year on year.

In March, the production of PP grew almost twofold. Last month Stirol resumed the production of general purpose polystyrene. The output of PP by Stirol production made 1,500 tonnes. In January-March, the output of PS made a little more than 2,600 tonnes, which by 56% down year in year.


Sabic profits decline on China slowdown

(news.szenergy) -- Saudi Basic Industries, the world's largest petrochemical company by market value, said profit declined for a second quarter in the three months to the end of March because of a slowdown in demand from China and high oil prices.

The company, which is majority owned by the Saudi government, posted a 5 per cent decrease in net profit in the first quarter from the same period a year ago, according to a statement posted on Tuesday on the stock exchange. Profit totalled SR7.27bn (USD1.94bn) compared with SR7.69bn, the company said.

Sabic's products are used for a wide range of goods from retail to car manufacturing, meaning that the company's performance is tightly correlated to global economic activity. In recent years, the chemical maker has turned its focus to China and the east to serve demand for its products.

"China was growing at a higher rate before, then there was a slowdown in its economy, also the European slowdown and high oil prices had an impact on raw materials cost," chief executive Mohamed al-Mady told reporters in Riyadh.

Argentine move to seize YPF scuppers Sinopec deal

(news.szenergy) -- Argentina's move to nationalize local oil company YPF, controlled by Spain's Repsol, has scuppered years of planning by China's Sinopec Group to buy the South American company, sources said.

Bankers said China's second-largest oil company had held talks with Repsol to buy its controlling 57-percent stake in YPF. Chinese website cited a source as saying Sinopec had reached a non-binding agreement to take over YPF for more than USD15 billion.

But plans by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez to seize control of YPF, which have incensed Spain and sparked international criticism, have killed any hopes that state-owned China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec) could seal a deal, they said.

"It's too hairy for any Chinese major to put in that much money, unless there is a special relationship with the Argentinian government, which I doubt," said a mergers and acquisitions banker, who has advised Chinese state-run oil companies on overseas acquisitions.

"This is a challenging situation for anybody given the government action. To me it looks like political suicide to now allow a Chinese company to own YPF soon after announcing the nationalization. I don't they can go flipflop like that."

Bankers said Sinopec's interest in YPF went back at least five years.


Sibur, Rhodia complete studies for new surfactants unit in Russia

(rogtecmagazine) -- Rhodia, member of the Solvay group, and SIBUR have taken significant further steps in their project to create a joint venture in specialty surfactants. The aim of this strategic partnership is to create a surfactant specialty leader in the CIS market focused on the home & personal care and oil & gas markets, two sectors growing at more than 6% per year.

The two partners have completed studies to set up local production of surfactants in Russia at Dzerzhinsk, at SIBUR's petrochemicals site (400km east of Moscow), expected to be operational in 2014.

In the home & personal care market, Rhodia and Sibur are working together with customers to build business opportunities to support their growth strategy in this region, where the consumer demand is growing rapidly (CAGR 8%) and moving towards more sophisticated products in categories such as shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, laundry and household detergents.

In the oil & gas market, a series of successful trials of Rhodia's high performance solutions have been carried out with several companies to adapt formulations to the specific conditions required for the local market.