Ukraine's Karpatneftekhim restarts PVC production

08 November 2013 10:37  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS)--Russia-based oil company Lukoil on Friday confirmed that its Ukrainian petrochemical subsidiary Karpatneftekhim has restarted polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production.

Karpatneftekhim restarted production of PVC from 7 November, the Lukoil source said. The restart of the plant's PVC facility was previously expected in October.

Karpatneftekhim is based in Kalush, Ivano-Frankov region, western Ukraine. It has the capacitiy to produce 300,000 tonnes/year of polyvinyl chloride, 250,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 100,000 tonnes/year of polyethylene.

The plant remained idle following maintenance work in September-October 2012. Last year, Karpatneftekhim warned its production units would remain idle unless Ukraine's government introduced an import duty on PVC at 6.5% rate.

Karpatneftekhim restarted its production facilities after Ukraine authorities approved the duty. The company restarted production of ethylene and polyethylene from 10 September.

By: Sergei Blagov
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