Karpatneftekhim's Ukraine chems facilty remains idle

25 January 2013 11:09  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS)--Russia's oil company Lukoil confirmed on Friday that the production facilities of its Ukrainian petrochemical subsidiary Karpatneftekhim remains shut down.

Karpatneftekhim still remains idle following maintenance work in September-October 2012, a Lukoil source said on Friday. The source added that the plant's restart later this month is unlikely.

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

It has capacities to produce 300,000 tonnes/year of 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.

Last year, Karpatneftekhim warned its production units could remain idle unless Ukraine's government introduced an import duty to be levied on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) at a rate of 6.5%. However, Ukraine's government has been slow to approve the duty.


By: Sergei Blagov
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