MOSCOW (MRC) -- A strategy has been developed at Dzerzhinsk SIBUR-Neftekhim, part of SIBUR, the largest petrochemical holding in Russia and Eastern Europe, which will allow the plant to become one of the leaders in terms of efficiency by 2025, said Business News, citing the statement of the new head of the plant, Dmitry Vladimirov, who headed the enterprise in March 2021.
“The pool of tasks facing the plant really looks like a challenge to us. On the one hand, productivity growth, on the other, - a decrease in environmental metrics for emissions. How can these goals be achieved? First of all, through the use of the best available technologies ", - said the general director of the plant at a meeting with journalists, summing up the first results of the work and talking about plans for further development.
So, according to him, an important environmental initiative was launched at the plant in June. Carbon dioxide from the production of ethylene oxide and glycols will be recycled by a nearby partner. As a result, the company will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the other party will receive a reliable supplier of CO2 for the production of food carbon dioxide.
At the same time, the refurbishment of ethylene oxide production began at the plant. "Green" technologies are also being introduced, which will allow, on the one hand, to significantly increase production, and on the other hand, to reduce the impact on the environment.
"We plan to complete the realization of this large investment project in 2022. Thanks to the reconstruction of the ethylene oxide production, natural gas consumption will be reduced by 20%, wastewater generation - by 10%, and air emissions - by 4%. But we don't stop there. The company has adopted a sustainable development strategy - we plan to strengthen the localization of these areas at the plant with additional projects by 2025, "said D.Vladimirov.
At the same time, the company is taking all the necessary measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Employees safety is an absolute priority. All sanitary requirements are met. Thus, more than 70% of employees have already been vaccinated against coronavirus.
As reported earlier, SIBUR-Neftekhim completed the technical re-equipment of ethylene oxide and glycols production in January 2021. The capacity for the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) grew by 25 tonnes per day or by 3.1% - up to 830 tonnes per day. To increase production capacity, one of the process columns was improved at SIBUR-Neftekhim and a part of the dynamic and heat exchange equipment was replaced.
MEG, along with terephthalic acid (TPA), is one of the main components for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, May estimated PET consumption in Russia rose by 15% year on year to 85,850 tonnes. Russia's overall PET estimated consumption totalled 349,940 tonnes in January-May 2021, up by 22% year on year.
OJSC "SIBUR-Neftekhim" is a subsidiary of SIBUR, operating in the Nizhny Novgorod region. It was formed on December 20, 1999, on the basis of the assets of the Kstovo Neftekhim CJSC. It produces ethylene oxide, monoethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, acrylic acid, acrylic esters.