Sibur raises light-hydrocarbon gases capacity for downstream units

12 October 2010 14:14  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS)--Sibur has completed a rouble (Rb) 1.6bn ($53.4m, €38.5m) project to increase a plant's capacity of light-hydrocarbon gases to service downstream facilities, the Russian petrochemical major said on Tuesday.

Sibur increased the capacity of its Gubkinsky plant from 284,000 tonnes/year to 434,000 tonnes/year, it said.

In July, Sibur started building a new pipeline to transport light-hydrocarbon gases to the Tobolsk-Neftekhim petrochemical plant, which is operated by its subsidiary.

The 400-kilometre pipeline, which has a capacity of 7m tonnes/year, would be used for Sibur’s project to build a new 500,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) facility at the premises of the Tobolsk-Neftekhim subsidiary.

The PP facility is expected on stream in 2012.

In 2008, Sibur announced plans to invest about €250m in its gas processing plants in western Siberia, which also included the Yuzhno-Balyk and Nizhnevartovsk plants, with the aim to increase their capacities of light-hydrocarbon gases by 500,000 tonnes/year.

($1 = Rb29.93/€1 = Rb41.55)

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