Output of products from polymers in Russia up by 5.6% in Jan-Aug 2018

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Russia's output of products from polymers grew in August 2018 by 9.2% year on year. Thus, this figure increased by 5.6% year on year in January-August 2018, reported MRC analysts.

According to the Russian Federal State Statistics Service, August production of unreinforced and non-combined films was 104,400 tonnes, compared to 100,900 tonnes a month earlier. Output of film products grew in the first eight months of 2018 by 0.8% year on year to 724,500 tonnes.

August production of non-porous polymer boards, sheets and films increased to 32,400 tonnes, compared to 30,300 tonnes in July. Thus, output of these products reached 233,800 tonnes in January-August 2018, up by 3.8% year on year.

Production of porous polymer boards, sheets and films was 31,900 tonnes in the last month of the summer, compared to 26,800 tonnes a month earlier. Overall output of these products reached 196,500 tonnes in the first eight months of 2018, up by 13% year on year.

August production of plastic windows and door blocks was 2,740,000 sq metres and 131,600 sq metres, respectively, versus 2,270,000 sq metres and 119,400 sq metres a month earlier. Overall output of these products was 15,300,000 sq meters and 752,100 sq meters, respectively, over the stated period, up by 11% and 24% year on year, respectively.

August production of plastic bottles and flasks exceeded 1,800,000 items versus 1,990,000 items a month earlier. Overall output of these plastic products totalled 14,180,000 units in January-August 2018, compared to 13,330,000 units a year earlier.

Production of polymer pipes, hoses and fittings was 61,300 tonnes in the last months of the summer versus 62,000 tonnes a month earlier. Overall output of these products was 389,400 tonnes in the first eight months of 2018, up by 7.6% year on year.

Poliom shut PP production

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Poliom, based in Omsk, a joint venture of Titan Group, SIBUR and Gazprom neft, has shut down its production for a scheduled maintenance, as per ICIS-MRC Price report.

The plant's representative said Poliom shut down its polypropylene (PP) production on Monday, 1 October. The outage will be short in comparison with other Russian producers and will last for 10 days. The plant's annual production capacity is 210,000 tonnes.

As reported earlier, SIBUR Tobolsk and Stavrolen also plan to take off-stream their production capacities for turnarounds in early October.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Poliom produced 19,400 tonnes of PP in August versus 18,700 tonnes a month earlier. The Omsk plant's overall PP output totalled about 148,000 tonnes in the first eight months of 2018, up 3% year on year.

Poliom Ltd., a JV of Gazprom Neft, SIBUR and Titan, which was established in 2005, is one of the three leaders of Russian PP producers. The plant, which started operation on 9 February, 2013, was built on Basell's technology, with Tecnimont being the supplier of technological equipment. It can produce 98 different grades of PP (homo-, stat-, block copolymers).

Polymir shut down LDPE production for a scheduled turnaround

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Polymir, part of JSC "Naftan", shut down its production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) for a scheduled turnaround, according to ICIS-MRC Price Report.

Customers of the enterprise said Polymir stopped the second train of LDPE (158 grade) for scheduled maintenance works from 1 October. The shutdown will be quite long and will last approximately until the end of October. The second line's annual production capacity is 65,000 tonnes.

As MRC informed earlier, the shutdown of the first train (workshops No. 101 and 102) began on 3 May, 2018 and lasted just over two weeks.

According MRC, the local LDPE producer - Polymir - redused its capacity utilisation in August and produced slightly over 5,500 tonnes of polyethylene (PE) versus 6,200 tonnes a month earlier. Thus, Polymir's total LDPE output was slightly over 42,800 tonnes in January-August 2018, compared to 38,900 tonnes a year earlier.

Polymir (part of Naftan) is Belarus' largest petrochemical company, producing a wide range of chemical products, such as low density polyethylene (LDPE), acrylic fibers, products of organic synthesis, hydrocarbon fractions, etc. Polymir was founded in 1968. The producer uses technologies of the largest foreign companies from Great Britain, Japan, Germany, Italy (Courtaulds, Asahi Chemical Co. Ltd, Kanematsu Gosho, SNIA BPD, etc.), as well as the developments of scientific research institutes and design institutes of the CIS countries. The plant's annual production capacity is 130,000 tonnes.

Marathon completes acquisition of Andeavor

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Andeavor has announced the preliminary results of the stockholder election consideration related to the previously announced acquisition by Marathon Petroleum Corporation, as per the company's press release.

On April 29, 2018, Andeavor, Marathon, Mahi Inc. and Andeavor LLC entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement") providing for the acquisition of Andeavor by Marathon through a merger of Mahi Inc. with and into Andeavor, with Andeavor surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon and the subsequent merger of Andeavor with and into Andeavor LLC, with Andeavor LLC surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon.

As previously announced, under the terms of the Merger Agreement, subject to the proration, allocation and other limitations set forth in the Merger Agreement and the election materials separately provided to the applicable stockholders, stockholders of Andeavor had the option to elect to receive (subject to completion of the Merger), for each share of Andeavor common stock held by them of record as of immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger (except for excluded shares as more particularly set forth in the Merger Agreement):

- 1.87 shares of Marathon common stock, including cash in lieu of any fractional share of Marathon common stock (the "Stock Consideration"); or USD152.27 in cash (the "Cash Consideration").

The election deadline for the foregoing election expired at 5:00 PM, Eastern Time, on September 27, 2018. Andeavor announced that, based on preliminary information received from the exchange agent for the Merger, election forms were received with respect to approximately 104,722,352 shares of Andeavor common stock in the aggregate and the cash election option was selected with respect to approximately 4,257,779 shares of Andeavor common stock, which is less than the Cash Election Number in the Merger Agreement, in each case, assuming that notices of guaranteed delivery are properly delivered pursuant to the terms of such notices of guaranteed delivery.

Following and subject to the completion of the Merger, the Andeavor stockholders will receive in the aggregate approximately 240 million shares of Marathon common stock (which excludes shares to be issued under certain Andeavor equity awards that vest as a result of the Merger) and approximately USD3.5 billion in cash. The final prorationing and the final calculation of the number of shares of Marathon common stock issued and the final cash consideration paid in connection with the merger will be made post-closing after the expiration of the notice of guaranteed delivery period applicable to the cash/stock election.

As MRC informed previously, Marathon Petroleum Corp "maximized" input of US crude in the third quarter, taking advantage of bottlenecks in key shale plays that have weakened domestic prices.

Andeavor is a premier, highly integrated marketing, logistics and refining company. Andeavor's retail-marketing system includes approximately 3,330 stations marketed under multiple well-known fuel brands, including ARCO, SUPERAMERICA, Shell, Exxon(TM), Mobil(TM), Tesoro, USA Gasoline(TM) and Giant. It also has ownership in Andeavor Logistics LP (NYSE:ANDX) and its non-economic general partner. Andeavor operates 10 refineries with a combined capacity of approximately 1.2 million barrels per day in the mid-continent and western United States.

Qatar Petroleum primed to boost LNG capacity with new train

MOSCOW (MRC) – Qatar Petroleum primed to boost LNG capacity with new train, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

"Since announcing the lifting of its North Field moratorium, Qatar has gradually scaled up its development plans," said Giles Farrer, research director, global gas and LNG supply at international natural resources consultancy Wood Mackenzie, said.

"Its motivations for this latest move are likely to be informed by a number of considerations. "Firstly, costs. With worldwide activity in the oil and gas industry still low, now is a good time in the cost cycle to invest in a new project. And there are likely to be economies of scale from developing a bigger project, particularly in light of the promising appraisal results at the North Field, mentioned by Qatar Petroleum in its announcement today. These economies of scale will make what is already the most competitive new LNG project worldwide even cheaper."

Mr Farrer added: “Our estimate of capex for the three megatrains previously announced was around USD24 billion, encompassing both the upstream and liquefaction components of the project. Qatar could probably add an additional train without significant additions to capex.

"However, making sure megaprojects are delivered on time and on budget will be a huge undertaking."

"Another consideration is market share," he said. "Since Qatar announced its initial plan, the market environment has improved. Forecasts of future oil prices are higher and forecasts of future LNG demand have grown stronger, particularly in Europe and China. Having already taken the decision to compete for LNG market share, Qatar is doubling down, making sure that it will be fully able to benefit from LNG market upside.

"Further, one of Qatar’s major competitors for new supply development - US LNG - is currently engaged in a tariff war with China, the world’s largest growth market for LNG. Qatar could see this as an opportunity. It has recently signed a contract doubling the volumes that it will sell to PetroChina and is likely to be looking at further opportunities to supply the Chinese market."

Mr Farrer said: "As we have previously noted, by front-loading development of its huge hydrocarbon reserves now, Qatar is also responding to the growing pace of decarbonization, which represents a threat to long-term demand for oil and gas.