Salavatnefteorgsintez completes upgrade of urea facility

10 December 2010 09:44  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS)--Salavatnefteorgsintez has completed the modernisation of its granulated urea facility, the Russian petrochemical producer said on Friday.

Although current urea capacity remained unchanged following the modernisation, the quality of its product had improved, Salavatnefteorgsintez said.

Between January and October 2010, the company produced 167,000 tonnes of urea, a fall of 15% year on year.

Ammonia production fell 2% year on year to 316,000 tonnes, while styrene output was down 6.7% to 20,000 tonnes.

Polyethylene (PE) production was up 55% to 52,000 tonnes, the company said.

Salavatnefteorgsintez, based in Russia's internal republic of Bashkortostan, is controlled by subsidiaries of Russian gas giant Gazprom.

In March 2010, Salavatnefteorgsintez announced plans to build a new 1,400 tonne/day urea granulation facility by the end of 2011.

Japan's Toyo Engineering Corporation is to supply granulation equipment for the rouble (Rb) 1.1bn (€27m, $36m) facility.

On 29 November, Salavatnefteorgsintez announced it had started full-scale production of high density polyethylene (HDPE).

The company has invested Rb6.3bn in a new 120,000 tonne/year HDPE facility.

Salavatnefteorgsintez had been producing HDPE in test mode since March 2010, and production for the March to November period was about 20,000 tonnes.

(€1 = Rb40.95, $1 = Rb30.95) 

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