Sibur-Khimprom starts up EPS, ethylbenzene and styrene units

09 November 2010 10:00  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS)--Sibur-Khimprom, a subsidiary of the major Russian petrochemical holding company Sibur, started up on Tuesday new expandable polystyrene (EPS) and ethylbenzene units as well as upgraded its styrene facility, the company said in a statement.

The new EPS unit has a capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year, while the ethylbenzene unit has a capacity of 220,000 tonnes/year, Sibur-Khimprom said.

The company’s existing 120,000 tonne/year ethylbenzene facility is due to be decommissioned, it added.

The expansion of the company’s existing 100,000 tonne/year styrene unit raised the capacity to 135,000 tonnes/year, the statement said.

The company invested a total of roubles (Rb) 8bn (€186.4m, $259.7m) in the EPS, styrene and ethylbenzene projects, it said.

Based in Perm, in Russia's Ural region, Sibur-Khimprom is comprised of three plants: Perm Gas Refinery, Butyl Alcohol Plant and styrene producer Stirol.

Sibur-Khimprom’s new 220,000 tonne/year ethylbenzene unit had been scheduled for completion in 2008 but was then delayed until the end of 2010.

($1 = Rb30.80/€1 = Rb42.90)

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