MOSCOW (MRC) - Production of basic chemicals Russia increased by 4.7% in January 2016 compared with the same period in 2015. The growth in production was seen in all basic chemical products, the exception was only xylenes, as per Rosstat's data.
According to the Federal Service of State Statistics, January production of ethylene was 266,000 tonnes, while in Jan 2015 it was 230,000 tonnes (in December 2015 - 266,000 tonnes).
Russia's production of benzene increased to 115,000 tonnes in January compared to 106,000 tonnes in January 2015 (in December 2015, this figure amounted to 117,000 tonnes).
January output of xylenes fell to 50,400 tonnes compared to 51,200 tonnes n the same period last year (in December 2015 - 51,300 tonnes).
January production of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) rose to 98,800 tonnes (100% of the basic substance) against 85,600 tonnes in the same month in 2015 (in December 2015 - 104,000 tonnes).
Russia's production of mineral fertilizers in January was 1.803 mln tonnes (in terms of 100% nutrients), up 8.1% from the level in January 2015. In December 2015 the total volume of mineral fertilizers production amounted to about 1.837 mln tonnes.