) -- Russia's overall production of high density polyethylene (HDPE) totalled slightly over 1.475 mln tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 8% year on year. At the same time, only one producer increased its output, according to MRC's ScanPlast
September HDPE production in Russia dropped to 146,400 tonnes, whereas this figure was 158,500 tonnes a month earlier; Gazprom neftekhim Salavat and Kazanorgsintez reduced their capacity utilisation due to the turnarounds. Thus, overall HDPE output reached 1,475,000 tonnes in January-September 2021, compared to 1,366,000 tonnes a year earlier. Only ZapSibNeftekhim's output increased, two more producers reduced their production.
The structure of PE output by grades looked the following way over the stated period.
September production of HDPE at ZapSibNeftekhim reached 98,900 tonnes against 103,200 tonnes a month earlier. In general, total output of HDPE at the Tobolsk plant approached the level of 885,900 tonnes in January-September, up 36% year on year.
Kazanorgsintez's total HDPE production fell to 19,400 tonnes last month from 29,500 tonnes in August, the decrease in production was due to the shutdown for scheduled maintenance in mid-September. Thus, overall production of this PE grade totalled 283,600 tonnes over the stated period, down by 26% year on year.
Stavrolen's September HDPE production was 24,900 tonnes versus 25,800 tonnes a month earlier. The plant's overall HDPE output exceeded 238,200 tonnes in January-September 2021, which virtually corresponded to the last year's figure.
Last month, the total volume of HDPE production at Gazprom neftekhim Salavat amounted to slightly less than 3,200 tonnes, in August there was no production due to the maintenance works. Thus, overall production of this PE grade totalled 66,800 tonnes at the plant over the stated period, down by 28% year on year.MRC