15 October 2013 12:16 [Source: ICIS news]
MOSCOW (ICIS)--Russia's petrochemical holding SIBUR on Tuesday held an official ceremony, attended by the President Vladimir Putin, to start operation of its new 500,000 tonnes/year polypropylene (PP) facility in Tobolsk.
SIBUR held the opening ceremony at the company’s Tobolsk-Polymer complex, which represents the largest investment in the Russian petrochemicals industry, according to the company.
The Tobolsk-Polymer complex comprises two units: a 510,000 tonne/year propane dehydrogenation (PDH) propylene production unit and a 500,000 tonnes/year PP production unit. The launch of Tobolsk-Polymer will turn Russia from a net importer into a net exporter of basic polypropylene grades, according to the statement.
"Tobolsk-Polymer is an important stage of the corporate strategy of advanced processing to derive value-added petrochemical products, including basic polymers, and meet domestic demand while achieving import substitution,”
Leonid Mikhelson, chairman of SIBUR Board of Directors, was quoted as saying.
In 2006, Sibur created Tobolsk-Polymer to implement the PP project in Tobolsk. The project, supposed to substitute the import of polypropylene into Russia, was previously expected onsteam by the end of 2012. On 28 May 2013, SIBUR started trial production of the first polypropylene line at Tobolsk-Polymer.
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