Ukraine's Karpatneftekhim down until end of October for maintenance

17 September 2012 17:22  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS)--Russian oil company Lukoil's Ukrainian subsidiary Karpatneftekhim will remain idle until the end of next month as planned maintenance work continues, Lukoil sources said on Monday.

Karpatneftekhim is based in Kalush, Ivano-Frankov region, western Ukraine.

It has capacities to produce 300,000 tonnes/year of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), 200,000 tonnes/year of caustic soda, 180,000 tonnes/year of chlorine, 250,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 100,000 tonnes/year of polyethylene.

In July, Karpatneftekhim said it would shut down in August-September but this was later postponed until September-October.

The company also said its production units may remain idle for a longer period of time unless Ukraine's government does more to protect local petrochemical producers, including the introduction of an import duty to be levied on PVC at 6.5% rate.

By: Sergei Blagov
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