MOSCOW (MRC) -- Russia's output of chemical products rose in September 2020 by 6.7% year on year.
At the same time, production of basic chemicals increased year on year by 6.1% in the first nine months of 2020, according to Rosstat's data.
According to the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, polymers in primary form accounted for the greatest increase in the January-September output.
September production of benzene fell to 92,300 tonnes from 102,000 tonnes a month earlier due to scheduled shutdowns for maintenance at several producers. Overall output of this product reached 1,010,600 tonnes over the stated period, down by 1.2% year on year.
September production of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) were 108,000 tonnes (100% of the basic substance) versus 99,200 tonnes a month earlier. Overall output of caustic soda totalled 945,600 tonnes in the first nine months of 2020, down by 1.6% year on year.
2,014,000 tonnes of mineral fertilizers (in terms of 100% nutrients) were produced in September versus 1,933 mln tonnes a month earlier. Overall, Russian plants produced slightly less than 18,500,000 tonnes of fertilizers in January-September 2020, up by 3.5% year on year.
Last month, the production of primary polymers decreased to 852,000 tonnes against 888,000 tonnes in August due to shutdowns in Tomsk, Ufa and Kazan. Overall output of polymers in primary form totalled 7,480,000 tonnes over the stated period, up by 16.4% year on year.