KALUSH (MRC) -- The PVC-S plant at Kalush will switch to steady operations already early in 2011, Karpatneftekhim's CEO S.V. Chmykhalov said.
Equipment installation work will be accomplished in October, and test runs are scheduled for the end of 2010. At this stage, the overall PVC output capacity will be at the level of 300 kta. The launch of the plant at Kalush will finalize the Chlorine/Caustic Soda - Ethylene - VCM - PVC production chain, which is going to make the enterprise one of the most competitive in the FSU and East-European markets, as well as to set a base for further development of the company.
The engineering design and equipment installation are being carried out by Germany's Uhde, and the license has been issued by Vinnolit. Karpatneftekhim is controlled by Russia's oil major LUKOIL. Overall investments into the PVC production project exceeded USD 200 million.