MOSCOW (MRC) - Production of polypropylene (PP) in Russia grew to about 1.158 tonne in first ten months of this year, up 2% year on year, compared to the same period of 2016. The greatest increase in production was shown by SIBUR Tobolsk and Tomskneftekhim, according to MRC ScanPlast.
October PP production in the country increased to 108,000 tonnes, compared with 90,100 tonnes in September; Ufaorgsintez and SIBUR Tobolsk increased their capacity utilisation. In general, in January-October PP production in the Russian Federation approached the level of 1.158 tonnes against 1.130 tonnes a year earlier, the greatest increase in production showed SIBUR Tobolsk and Tomskneftekhim, while Neftekhimiya, Stavrolen and Nizhnekamskneftekhim lowered production indicators.
Structure of PP production over the reported period looked as follows.
The largest producer of PP in Russia - Tobolsk-Polymer (SIBUR) in October produced about 46,900 tonnes against 25,600 tonnes in September (because of technical problems, the enterprise stayed almost two weeks in September). SIBUR Tobolsk's PP production exceeded 418,000 tonnes in January-October 2017, up 12% year on year. Such a major increase in the output was caused by the absence of the plant's shutdown for a scheduled maintenance this year.
Nizhnekamskneftekhim decreased capacity utilisation in October, total polypropylene production had decreased to 14,200 tonnes against 16,000 tonnes in September. The producer's PP production in January-October decreased by 3% from last year's level to 175,300 tonnes.
Omsk Poliom (Titan) in October produced about 13,400 tonnes compared to 18,000 tonnes a month earlier; the decrease in production volumes was a result of the shutdown at the end of the month for preventive maintenance. Total PP production at the plant over the reported period was about 174,400 tonnes, up 4% year on year.
Tomskneftekhim increased production volumes in October, and the final production of propylene polymers was 11,400 tonnes against 10,200 tonnes in September. Total PP production at Tomskneftekhim over the reported period reached 116,400 tonnes, compared with 105,900 tonnes year on year.
Ufaorgsintez's PP production in October reached about 10,400 tonnes against 6,800 tonnes in September (in the middle of the month the enterprise shut its capacity for 12-day maintenance works). The producer's PP output at Ufaorgsintez increased to 102,300 tonnes in January-October 2017 compared with 101,000 tonnes year on year.
Neftekhimiya (Kapotnya) decreased capacity utilisation in October, total polypropylene production had decreased to 10,600 tonnes against 11,800 tonnes in September. The producer's PP output in the ten months of the year reached 86,700 tonnes, up 20% year on year. A low indicator of the current year was a result of a long scheduled maintenance works in March-April.
Stavrolen (LUKOIL) only at the end of last month resumed production of polypropylene after a long scheduled maintenance works, which began on 6 September. The company produced more than 1,000 tonnes of PP in just a few remaining days of October. Overall PP production at the plant reached 85,000 tonnes in January-October, down 8% year on year.