Belarus’s Polymir shuts LDPE production for overhaul

Source: ICIS News

2017/06/06

MOSCOW (MRC)--Polymir, a subsidiary of Naftan, has shut down production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) for a scheduled turnaround, according to MRC analysts.

The company's customers said Polymir took off-stream its LDPE production for scheduled maintenance on June 3.

The maintenance will be carried out in two stages, with some production resuming on 17 June and the rest remaining shut until the end of the month.

The plant's production capacity is 130,000 tonnes/year.

As reported earlier, an outbreak of gas-air mixture with further flare combustion of outgoing products took place at workshop No. 104 on 18 June 2016.

The fire damaged technological equipment at the ethylene unit, and some of the capacities have been idle since then. The plant’s representatives said the ethylene unit will not be fully restored this year.

Polymir, based in Novopolotsk, is Belarus's largest petrochemical company, producing a wide range of chemical products, such as low density polyethylene (LDPE), acrylic fibers, products of organic synthesis and hydrocarbon fractions.

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