07 March 2012 15:28 [Source: ICIS news]
MOSCOW (ICIS)--LUKOIL's Stavrolen polypropylene (PP) unit is due to restart "in the next few days", the Russian oil major said on Wednesday.
The unit has been out of action since December, when a fire damaged the ethylene and propylene units at the petrochemical plant in Budyonnovsk in southern Russia's Stavropol region. The PP unit was affected by the consequent disruption to its propylene supply even though the blaze did not directly affect it.
The company had purchased 4,000 tonnes of propylene from Karpatneftekhim in Ukraine and other suppliers in Russia to restart the PP unit, a LUKOIL spokesman told ICIS on Wednesday. However, propylene shipments by rail may be delayed by 2-3 days because of snow in the north Caucasus region, according to Lukoil.
The company said the propylene it had obtained would allow it to produce PP at Stavrolen until mid-April.
Stavrolen's propylene, ethylene and high density polyethylene (HDPE) facilities are due on stream by 1 April when damaged production units are expected to have been repaired and restarted, a LUKOIL spokesman said. However, the company does not exclude the possibility that the repair work may take longer than expected, he said.
The plant has capacity to produce 300,000 tonnes/year of HDPE and 120,000 tonnes/year of PP.
Ukraine's Karpatneftekhim petrochemical plant is also controlled by LUKOIL.
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