) - The production of polyethylene (PE) in Russia in the first half of 2013 increased by 30%, on the back of a stable work of Stavrolen (group Lukoil) in the current year, according to MRC ScanPlast
In the first half of the year Russia's PE output totalled about 860,600 tonnes, while last year this figure was about 664,300 tonnes.
Such a serious increase in production has resulted mainly from the stable production of Stavrolen, which was shut from December 2011 to October 2012 following a serious accident.
Gazprom neftekhim Salavat and Angarsk polymer plant also have significantly increased their PE production over the first half of the year.
In terms of PE grades the production results over the first six months of 2013 are as follows. The output of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) made 518,700 tonnes, up by 51% year on year. Gazprom neftekhim Salavat has increased its HDPE production by 67% to 36,400 tonnes.
Kazanorgsintez has increased its HDPE output by 3% to 243,000 tonnes. Nizhnekamskneftehim has actually kept the last year's production rate with 85,000 tonnes of HDPE over the six months of 2013.
Russia's production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) in January - June of this year totalled to 327,500 tonnes, while in 2012 this figure was 307,400 tonnes. Angarsk polymer plant has showed a significant increase in LDPE production: up by 37% to 22,900 tonnes.
Other Russian producers of LDPE also have increased their output by 3-8%, the exception was only Gazprom neftekhim Salavat, which LDPE production remained at the same level as last year. The production of linear polyethylene (LLDPE) totalled about 14,400 tonnes, which actually corresponds to the same period last year.MRC