MOSCOW (MRC)--Russia’s output of basic chemicals increased by 2.8% in the first six months of 2019 year on year, according to data from the country's official statistics agency.
The production of chemical products in June rose by 5.5% month on month.
According to the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation (Rosstat), ethylene accounted for the largest increase in production year on year - 260,000 tonnes of ethylene were produced in June, compared to 262,000 tonnes a month earlier.
In January-June, 1,578,000 tonnes of this olefin were produced, up by 3.8% year on year.
June production of benzene was 124,000 tonnes, compared to 128,000 tonnes a month earlier.
Overall output of this product reached 743,000 tonnes in the first six months of 2019, up by 1.8% year on year.
June production of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) was 110,000 tonnes (100% of the basic substance) versus 107,000 tonnes a month earlier.
Overall output of caustic soda totalled 645,000 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 630,500 tonnes a year earlier.
1,920,000 tonnes of mineral fertilizers (in terms of 100% nutrients) were produced in June versus 2,098,000 tonnes a month earlier.
Overall, Russian plants produced 12,324,000 tonnes of fertilizers in January-June 2019, up by 2% year on year.
Last month’s production of polymers in primary form decreased to 747,000 tonnes, up 3.5% from May. Overall output of polymers in primary form totalled 4,244,000,000 tonnes over the stated period, up by only 3.1% year on year.
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