MOSCOW (MRC) -- A fire broke out at the site of Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim branch in Ufa, reported Interfax with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in Bashkiria.
The fire was quickly extinguished by the operational services of the branch. No one was injured.
Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim explained that a small volume of oil caught fire at the industrial site, the area of the fire did not exceed 15 sq. m.
The company does not see environmental threats: constant environmental monitoring is carried out on site. The main production of the plant is operating normally.
At present, the weather in Ufa is very hot. On May 25, due to the expected heat of 32 degrees in the city, it was decided to ban the movement of heavy trucks during the day. The ban will be in effect until the end of the month.
Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim, along with Bashneft-Novoil, Bashneft-UNPZ is part of the Ufa group of the Bashneft refining complex.
As MRC informed earlier, January fire at Ufaorgsintez (a subsidiary of Bashneft, part of PJSC "NK Rosneft") did not lead to a shutdown of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and polypropylene (PP) production capacities. On 25 January, two containers with a methane-hydrogen fraction caught fire at the Ufa plant, and the blaze was extinguished in the morning of 26 January. The plant's customers said the fire was not critical for polymer production. PP production continued operating normally, whereas the LDPE production temporarily reduced its capacity utilisation, thus, production of 158 grade polyethylene (PE) was suspended.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Ufaorgsintez was operating with higher capacity utilisation in March, the plant's PP production totalled about 11,400 tonnes versus 9,500 tonnes a month earlier. The Ufa plant's overall PP output reached 32,800 tonnes in the first quarter of 2021, down by 3% year on year.
Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim produces high-octane gasoline, diesel and boiler fuel, bitumen, coke, lump and granular sulfur, liquefied gases, benzene, ortho- and paraxylenes, and specializes in the processing of several types of hydrocarbon raw materials. The enterprise includes gas catalytic, commercial, service production, as well as production of aromatic hydrocarbons. The installed capacity is 24.1 m tonnes/year of hydrocarbons.