HDPE, PP units shut down after fire at Russia’s Stavrolen plant

16 December 2011 11:03  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS)--The high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) units were shut down after a fire at Russian oil major Lukoil’s Stavrolen petrochemical plant, a company spokesman said on Friday.

Thursday’s fire seriously affected the ethylene distribution facility at the plant, which is based in Budyonnovsk, in the southern Stavropol region. Preliminary estimates of damage and the timescale of the repair works would be available no earlier than 19–20 December, the spokesman added.

Despite earlier statements from the Stavropol region’s emergency department, the fire was contained, but not fully extinguished by Friday, according to the company.

Eight workers were injured during the fire, which affected some 1,000 square metres of the plant’s buildings, according to the local authorities.

The Stavrolen plant has capacity to produce 300,000 tonnes/year of HDPE and 120,000 tonnes/year of PP. Following an explosion in April 2008, it took Lukoil more than a year to fully restart the PP unit in May 2009.

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By: Sergei Blagov
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