Russia's PE production grows 1% between January and July

25 August 2016 12:26 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Production of polyethylene (PE) in Russia increased to 958,400 tonnes in the first seven months of this year, up 1% compared to the same period of 2015, according to MRC ScanPlast.

Between January and July, the production of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) increased significantly, while the production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) production decreased.

In July, production of PE decreased to 126,300 tonnes from 136,500 tonnes in June, as a result of scheduled maintenance works at LDPE producers Tomskneftekhim and Gazprom neftekhim Salavat.

The production of HDPE fell to 74,600 tonnes in July from 83,900 tonnes in June on the back of a shift in output to LLDPE at Nizhnekamskneftekhim and a week-long shutdown at Gazprom neftekhim Salavat.

Russia PE production Jan-Jul 16Total HDPE production between January and July rose to 577,300 tonnes, up 11% year on year.

LDPE production in July fell to 33,700 tonnes from 46,200 tonnes in June, following turnarounds at Gazprom neftekhim Salavat and Tomskneftekhim, and irregular output at Angarsk ZP.

Between January and July, total LDPE production amounted to 334,100 tonnes, down from the 388,400 tonnes produced in the same period last year.

One of the main reasons for this was has been the forced shutdown of Angarsk ZP since mid-February to early July because of equipment failure at its ethylene plant.

Total production of LLDPE exceeded 47,000 tonnes in the first seven months of the year compared with 40,000 tonnes for the same period in 2015.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev