SIBUR Tobolsk gas fractionation unit nears completion

09 January 2014 12:07  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Russia-based chemicals producer SIBUR said on Thursday that the construction phase of a second gas fractionation unit at its site in Tobolsk, Russia, is nearing completion and is likely to come onstream this year.

The company said that the unit, which will increase natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation capacity at the site from 3.8m tonnes/year to 6.6m tonnes/year, is currently in the commissioning and testing phase. Comprehensive testing is set to begin soon, the company added.

SIBUR is also developing related infrastructure at the site, including additional liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and naphtha storage facilities, and railway transport lines.

A propane purification facility is also being developed it SIBUR’s Tobolsk-Neftekhim site to reduce methanol content in the material, which the company says will allow it “to tap a larger commercial market for propane”. The purification unit is also expected to be completed in 2014.

By: Tom Brown
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