MOSCOW (MRC) - SIBUR-Neftekhim, a part of SIBUR, the largest petrochemical holding in Russia and Eastern Europe, has started a project that will increase the capacity for the production of ethylene oxide and at the same time reduce the company's environmental impact, said the company.
Within the framework of the project, at the production of ethylene oxide and glycols (POEiG), reactor, dynamic, column, power and heat exchange equipment will be installed or partially replaced. This will allow using cheaper and, at the same time, more selective catalysts, converting the heat generated in the production process into process steam, and reducing the consumption of electricity and water.
The project developed by ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (RUS) has passed the Main State Expertise. After its implementation, the productivity of POEiG for equivalent ethylene oxide will be increased by 18.6% to 355,670 tonnes, and for commercial ethylene oxide - by 29% to 168,000 tonnes per year.
Earlier it was reported that SIBUR-Neftekhim completed the technical re-equipment of the production of ethylene oxide and glycols in January. The capacity for the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) increased by 25,000 tonnes per day or by 3.1% - up to 830 tonnes per day.
MEG, along with terephthalic acid (PTA), is one of the main components for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
According to MRC's ScanPlast, in May the total estimated PET consumption in Russia increased by 15% compared to the same indicator a year earlier and amounted to 85,850 tonnes. In total, for the period January - May 2021, the estimated consumption in Russia amounted to 349,940 tonnes of material, which is 22% higher than the indicator of 2020.
The Dzerzhinsk enterprise of SIBUR has been operating since February 1982. Today, the annual production capacity of SIBUR-Neftekhim is 130 thousand tons of ethylene oxide, 320.5 thousand tons of glycols, 35.5 thousand tons of acrylic acid. At the same time, the POEiG of the enterprise alternately operates in "oxide" and "glycol" modes, maximizing the output of a particular product, depending on the market situation.
SIBUR-Neftekhim products are used in the production of technical fluids for process equipment, cars and aircraft, materials for oil and gas drilling, raw materials for the production of synthetic threads and polymers, cosmetics, paints and varnishes, complex adhesive compositions and other industrial and household goods.