Ukraine's Karpatneftekhim restarts C2, PE units

11 September 2013 10:03  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS)--Russia's oil company Lukoil confirmed on Wednesday that ethylene and polyethylene production facilities at its Ukrainian petrochemical subsidiary Karpatneftekhim had re-started.

Karpatneftekhim resumed production of ethylene and polyethylene from 10 September, a Lukoil source told ICIS. The restart of the plant's polyvinyl chloride (PVC), caustic soda and chlorine production facilities will take up to one month, according to the source.

Karpatneftekhim is based in Kalush, Ivano-Frankov region, western Ukraine. It has the capacity to produce 250,000 tonnes/year of ethylene, 100,000 tonnes/year of polyethylene, 300,000 tonnes/year of PVC, 200,000 tonnes/year of caustic soda and 180,000 tonnes/year of chlorine.

The plant has remained idle following maintenance works in September-October 2012. Last year, Karpatneftekhim warned its production units would remain idle unless the Ukraine government introduced an import duty on PVC at a rate of 6.5%. Karpatneftekhim moved to re-start its production facilities after the Ukraine authorities approved the duty.

By: Sergei Blagov
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