Russia's C2, PE output down, fertilizers up in April

23 May 2014 10:27 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (ICIS)--Russia's overall production of ethylene (C2) and polyethylene (PE) was down in April compared to the same period in 2013, while fertilizers output was up, statistics agency Rosstat said on Friday.

In April, the country's total output of C2 was down by 15.9% year on year at 193,000 tonnes, while PE output was down by 22% year on year at 121,000 tonnes, Rosstat said.

Russia's C2 and PE output was down in the wake of Stavrolen disaster two months ago. Stavrolen halted production after a fire at its C2 unit on 26 February, and repair works are expected to take many months.

Russia's total April production of styrene was 6.7% down year on year at 54,600 tonnes, while polystyrene (PS) output was 15.4% up year on year at 45,900 tonnes, according to Rosstat.

In April, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) output was 3.1% up year on year at 58,400 tonnes, the agency said.

The country's total output of polypropylene (PP) was up by 29% year on year at 89,400 tonnes, it added.

In April, the country's total output of mineral fertilizers was up by 14.2% year on year at 1.7m tonnes, according to the agency. Ammonia output was 6.5% up year on year at 1.3m tonnes.

Meanwhile, the country's total output of synthetic rubber was down by 10.8% year on year at 105,000 tonnes, Rosstat said.

By Sergei Blagov