MOSCOW (MRC) -- Russia's overall production of polypropylene (PP) fell in January-July 2018 by 1% year on year, totalling about 829,000 tonnes. At the same time, only three Russian producers reduced their PP output, according to MRC ScanPlast report.
July output of polypropylene by local producers increased to 125,000 tonnes against 114,600 tonnes a month earlier, Nizhnekamskneftekhim, Polyom and Sibur Tobolsk increased production volumes. Russia's overall PP production reached 829,000 tonnes in the first seven months of 2018, compared to 837,800 tonnes a year earlier. Nizhnekamskneftekhim, Stavrolen and Sibur Tobolsk reduced production figures, while other producers managed to increase production volumes.
Structure of the Russia's PP production over the reported period was as follows.
Sibur Tobolsk increased capacity utilisation in July, total polypropylene production reached 49,000 tonnes against 38,800 tonnes in June. The Tobolsk plant's total PP production exceeded 273,800 tonnes in the first seven months of 2018, down by 10% year on year. The decline in production was a result of an early shutdown in prevention this year.
Poliom (Titan Group) last month produced about 18,700 tonnes of polypropylene, compared with 17,800 tonnes in June. Total PP production at the plant over the reported period was about 128,600 tonnes, up 3% year on year.
Nizhnekamskneftekhim produced 18,600 tonnes of propylene polymers in July versus 16,900 tonnes a month earlier. The producer's PP production in January-July decreased by 3% from last year's level to 123,600 tonnes.
Tomskneftekhim produced about 9,800 tonnes of propylene polymers last month against 12,200 tonnes in June, the low indicator of July was caused by the shutdown for scheduled maintenance works, which started on 19 July. The Tomsk plant's PP output exceeded 83,600 tonnes in the first seven months of 2018, compared to 82,800 tonnes a year earlier.
July PP production at Ufaorgsintez reached about 10,600 tonnes from 10,700 tonnes a month earlier. Overall output of polymer at the Ufa plant rose to 77,300 tonnes in January-July 2018, compared to 73,900 tonnes a year earlier.
Neftekhimiya (Kapotnya) last month produced about 11,000 tonnes of PP, compared with 11,200 tonnes in June. The plant's overall PP output reached 77,900 tonnes over the stated period, up 45% year on year. A low indicator of the current year was a result of a long scheduled maintenance works in March-April.
Stavrolen (LUKOIL) shut down its production for a short maintenance last month, as a result, the output increased to 7,500 tonnes from 7,000 tonnes in June. Overall production of propylene polymers at the Budenovsk plant reached 64,300 tonnes in the first seven months of 2018, down by 9% year on year.