) - Production of polypropylene (PP) in Russia decreased to about 591,700 tonne in first five months of this year, down 2% year on year, compared to the same period of 2016. The decrease in PP production accounted for only twwo producers, according to MRC ScanPlast
Russia's PP production increased to 126,800 tonnes in May, from 110,600 tonnes in April. The low figure of April was a result of scheduled maintenance works at NPP Neftekhimia and Stavrolen. Total PP production in Russia reached 591,700 tonnes in Jan-May 2017 against 603,000 tonnes, an increase showed all producers, expect Nizhnekamskneftekhim and Neftekhimia.
Structure of PP production over the reported period looked as follows.
The largest producer of PP in Russia - SIBUR Tobolsk in May produced about 46,700 tonnes against 44,300 tonnes a month earlier. SIBUR Tobolsk's PP production reached 220,500 tonnes in January-May 2017, down 1% year on year.
May production at Poliom were about 18,600 tonnes, while a month earlier this figure was 17,600 tonnes. Total PP production at the plant over the reported period was about 88,600 tonnes, up 5% year on year.
May PP production at Ufaorgsintez increased to about 11,000 tonnes from 10,600 tonnes a month earlier. The producer's PP output at Ufaorgsintez increased to 52,200 tonnes in January-May 2017 compared with 51,800 tonnes year on year.
Stavrolen (LUKOIL) in May increased capacity utilisation, having produced 10,600 tonnes of propylene polymers against 7,700 tonnes a month earlier (in April production was stopped for 10-day turnaround). Overall PP production at the plant exceeded 48,800 tonnes in January-May, down 3% year on year.
Tomskneftekhim also increased production volumes in May, and the final production of propylene polymers was 12,400 tonnes against 11,700 tonnes in April. Total PP production at Tomskneftekhim over the reported period reached 58,900 tonnes, compared with 57,500 tonnes year on year.
May PP production at Nizhnekamskneftekhim was 18,100 tonnes from 18,900 tonnes, which actually equal to the level in April. The producer's PP production in January-May decreased by 1% from last year's level to 90,800 tonnes.
Neftekhimia (Kapotnya) in March-April shut its capacity for long-term turnaround, in May the enterprise reached a 100% capacity utilisation.
Producer's PP production in May grew to 9,300 tonnes. The producer's PP output in the first five months of the year reached 31,700 tonnes, down 40% year on year.MRC