MOSCOW (MRC)--Russia’s overall production of unmixed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) grew by 16% year on year in the first eight months of 2017, totalling 577,400 tonnes., according to MRC ScanPlast.
The reason for this year’s high level of production growth was a long forced outage at SayanskKhimPlast in February-July 2016 that didn’t happen this year.
In August alone, production of unmixed PVC in Russia dropped to 46,500 tonnes, down from 63,100 tonnes a month earlier.
RusVinyl (a joint venture between SIBUR and SolVin) produced about 23,400 tonnes of polyvinyl chloride in August, about 1,800 tonnes of which was emulsion polyvinyl chloride (EPVC), compared to 24,700 tonnes a month earlier., RusVinyl’s overall production of resin from January to August, therefore, reached 203,800 tonnes, versus 209,400 tonnes a year earlier.
SayanskKhimPlast shut down its production capacities for a 30-day turnaround on 24 July, meaning the plant’s output was restricted to 3,300 tonnes, compared to 19,700 tonnes a month earlier. From January to August, SayanskKhimPlast managed to produce 159,300 tonnes of resin, versus 62,800 tonnes a year earlier.
Bashkir Soda Company also shut its capacity for almost 10 days in August due to problems with ethylene supplies. As a result, PVC production amounted to only 12,100 tonnes. This, however, was more than the 10,800 tonnes it produced in July when the company shut its capacity for two weeks. The plant’s output of resin totalled about 152,900 tonnes in the first eight months of 2017, compared to 169,800 tonnes a year earlier.
Kaustik (Volgograd) slightly decreased its production last month, with the plant’s suspension PVC output slightly exceeding 7,700 tonnes versus 7,900 tonnes in July. The plant’s overall production of resin reached 61,300 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 57,200 tonnes a year earlier.
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