MOSCOW (MRC) -- Russia's overall production of high density polyethylene (HDPE) totalled 653,500 tonnes in the first four months of 2021, up by 9% year on year. At the same time, only one Russian producer increased its HDPE output, according to MRC's ScanPlast report.
April total HDPE production in Russia fell to 147,700 tonnes, whereas this figure was 175,900 tonnes a month earlier, three out of four producers reduced their capacity utilisation. Thus, overall HDPE output in the country reached 653,500 tonnes in January-April 2021, compared to 602,000 tonnes a year earlier. Only ZapSibNeftekhim's production increased, whereas Kazanorgsintez and Gazprom neftekhim Salavat reduced their output.
The structure of polyethylene (PE) production by plants looked the following way over the stated period.
ZapSibNeftekhim's April total HDPE production reached 81,600 tonnes versus 97,200 tonnes a month earlier. The Tobolsk plant's overall HDPE production reached 371,700 tonnes in the first four month of 2021, up by 35% year on year.
Last month's HDPE production at Kazanorgsintez decreased to 29,000 tonnes from 41,000 tonnes in March, the reduction in the output was done in favour of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), as well as because of a shortage of ethylene. Thus, the plant's overall production of this PE grade totalled 136,300 tonnes over the stated period, down by 23% year on year.
Stavrolen produced 26,900 tonnes of HDPE in April versus 27,600 tonnes 27,600 tonnes a month earlier. The plant's overall output of material exceeded 108,000 tonnes over the stated period, which virtually corresponded to the last year's figure.
Gazprom neftekhim Salavat's total HDPE production exceeded 10,200 tonnes last month, which corresponded to the March level. Thus, overall production of this PE grade totalled 37,500 tonnes at the Salavat plant in January-April 2021, down by 9% year on year.