Sibur-Neftekhim production normal despite Russia's forest fires

03 August 2010 16:38  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS)--Russia's Sibur-Neftekhim is producing at normal rates despite Nizhny Novgorod authorities recommending that industrial sites cut emissions due to forest fires in the area, a company source said on Tuesday.

On 2 August the regional authorities issued a recommendation to industrial facilities at Dzerzhinsk to cut emissions, citing increasing air pollution caused by unprecedented forest fires.

On the same day, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev declared a 'forest fire emergency' in seven regions, including Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod.

Based at Dzerzhinsk, Sibur-Neftekhim includes a petrochemical plant at Kstovo and caprolactam and ethylene oxide/glycol plants in Dzerzhinsk. It is controlled by the country's major petrochemical holding, Sibur.

The ethylene oxide/glycol plant has some 200,000 tonnes/year of monoethylene glycol (MEG) capacity, while the caprolactam plant has the capacity to produce about 100,000 tonnes/year of caustic soda and some 20,000 tonnes/year of polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Sibur also operates the 100,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) facility at the Kapotnya plant, which is also known as Moscow Refinery.

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By: Sergei Blagov
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