Russia's January-September HDPE output up 17% year on year

19 October 2016 11:03 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Russia’s production of high density polyethylene (HDPE) rose in January-September 2016 by 17% year on year to 769,300 tonnes, with Stavrolen and Gazprom neftekhim Salavat increasing their output most significantly, according to MRC’s ScanPlast report.

September total HDPE production in Russia fell to 93,800 tonnes, whereas this figure was about 99,000 tonnes a month earlier. Lower output was caused by the scheduled shutdown at Kazanorgsintez.

Overall HDPE production reached 769,300 tonnes in January-September 2016, compared to 660,200 tonnes a year earlier. Stavrolen and Gazprom neftekhim Salavat increased their capacity utilisation significantly, whereas Kazanorgsintez and Nizhnekamskneftekhim showed a minimal growth in their output.

The structure of polyethylene (PE) production by plants looked the following way over the stated period.

Last month, Kazanorgsintez shut down its production for maintenance in the third decade. As a result, the plant’s HDPE output decreased to 43,000 tonnes from 49,700 tonnes in August. Overall, the Kazan plant produced over 371,900 tonnes of HDPE in the first nine months of 2016, up by 3% year on year.

Stavrolen’s September HDPE output grew to 25,300 tonnes compared to 24,600 tonnes a month earlier. Stavrolen produced over 205,500 tonnes of HDPE in January-September 2016, whereas this figure was around 123,000 tonnes a year earlier (the plant was idle from late February 2014 to April 2015 because of an accident at the ethylene unit).

Last month, as well as in August, Nizhnekamskneftekhim limited its capacity utilisation with the plant’s HDPE output at 16,200 tonnes (14,800 tonnes in August). Thus, the Nizhnekamsk plant produced 108,700 tonnes of HDPE in January-September 2016, up by only 1% year on year.

Gazprom neftekhim Salavat reduced its capacity utilisation in September with the plant’s HDPE output at 9,300 tonnes versus 9,800 tonnes in August (in early October, the plant shut down its production capacities for a turnaround).

The Salavat plant produced over 83,100 tonnes in the first nine months of 2016, whereas this figure was 67,600 tonnes a year earlier. The plant’s lower output in 2015 was caused by the long outage for maintenance in July-August, whereas shutdowns were short this year.

MRC, a partner of ICIS, produces polymers news and pricing reports from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

By Sergey Karaichentsev