MOSCOW (MRC) -- The output of high density polyethylene (HDPE) in Russia dropped over the first three months of 2015 by 13% year on year and totalled about 213,300 tonnes. The decrease in production was largely caused by a long shutdown of Stavrolen, according to MRC DataScope report.
March HDPE production in Russia was about 70,300 tonnes, which slightly exceeded the February figure - about 70,000 tonnes. Russian producers, particularly, Kazanorgsintez and Nizhnekamskneftekhim, maintained high capacity utilisation this year, but this factor could not compensate for the long outage at Russia' second largest HDPE producer - Stavrolen. The overall production of this polyethylene (PE) grade dropped to 213,300 tonnes from 245,200 tonnes a year earlier.
The production structure by the plants looks the following way over the stated period.
Kazanorgsintez, Russia's largest PE producer, was forced to reduce its capacity utilisation in the second half of March because of the failure at one of its units, as a consequence, the plant's HDPE production was about 44,100 versus 45,200 tonnes in February. The plant's overall HDPE production totalled over 134,000 tonnes in the first three months of 2015 versus 132,400 tonnes in the same period of 2014.
Nizhnekamskneftehim produced about 18,700 tonnes of HDPE last month versus 17,200 tonnes a month earlier. The plant's overall HDPE production totalled about 54,700 tonnes over the stated period compared to 38,300 tonnes a year earlier.
In March, Gazprom neftekhim Salavat virtually maintained the February level of HDPE production - about 7,600 tonnes. The plant's overall output of HDPE totalled 24,600 tonnes from January to March 2015, down by 8% year on year.
As reported earlier, Stavrolen was forced to shut down its PE production because of an accident at its ethylene unit on 26 February 2014. It took just over a year to resume the plant's ethylene and PE production, which was launched on 7 April 2015 after a long shutdown. However, the company's customers said the plant still could not reach 100% of capacity utilisation.