MOSCOW (MRC)--January 2018 output of chemicals in Russia rose by 4.7% year on year, with mineral fertilizers accounting for the greatest increase in production, according to statistical agency Rosstat’s data.
Meanwhile, overall output of basic chemicals rose in 2017 by 4.3% year on year, with chemical fertilizers accounting for the greatest increase in production.
274,000 tonnes of ethylene were manufactured in January, compared to 267,500 tonnes a year earlier, as all producers maintained almost 100% of capacity utilisation. Overall, about 2.9m tonnes of this olefin were produced last year, up by 2.5% year on year.
Production of benzene in January rose to 134,000 tonnes from 130,800 tonnes in January 2017. Overall output of this material reached 1.4m tonnes in 2017, up by 4.2% year on year.
January production of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), meanwhile, was 113,000 tonnes versus 112,000 tonnes a year earlier. Overall output of caustic soda grew to 1.2m tonnes in 2017, up by 6.1% year on year.
Production of mineral fertilizers was 2m tonnes in January versus 1.9m tonnes in the same month of 2017. Overall, Russian plants produced over 22.5m tonnes of fertilizers last year, up by 8.2% year on year.
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