MOSCOW (MRC)--Russia’s overall production of polypropylene (PP) remained flat in the first seven months of the year compared to the same 2015 period, totalling 772,000 tonnes, according to MRC"s ScanPlast report.
Increased production at Tobolsk-Polymer, Polyom and Neftekhimia could not compensate the decline at the other producers’ output.
July’s total PP production in Russia decreased to 82,600 tonnes from 87,200 tonnes a month earlier.
During that month, three producers - Stavrolen, Tobolsk-Polymer and Tomskneftekhim - simultaneously shut down their production capacities for maintenance.
Tobolsk-Polymer, Russia’s largest PP manufacturer, produced about 13,000 tonnes last month, compared to 14,100 tonnes in June.
The Tobolsk plant shut down its production in the first half of June, the plant"s PP production had been resumed by the third decade of July.
Overall PP output at the Tobolsk plant reached 244,700 tonnes in the first seven months of the year, compared to 240,500 tonnes a year earlier.
The Omsk plant Poliom (part of Titan) produced over 18,100 tonnes in July, compared to 17,900 tonnes a month earlier.
The PP output at the Omsk plant was 120,400 tonnes in January-July 2016, compared to 117,100 tonnes a year earlier.
Nizhnekamskneftekhim reduced its output to 17,100 tonnes of PP last month from 18,100 tonnes in June, lower production was caused by a scheduled outage for maintenance at its ethylene and propylene unit.
PP production at the Nizhnekamsk plant exceeded 126,500 tonnes in January-July 2016, whereas a year earlier, this figure was 127,200 tonnes.
Tomskneftekhim produced slightly over 4,400 tonnes of PP in July, whereas the June figure was slightly more than 9,000 tonnes.
A one-month shutdown for maintenance was the main reason for low production in these two months.
Overall output of this polymer at the plant exceeded 71,000 tonnes in the first seven months of the year, down by 14% year on year.
Stavrolen (part of Lukoil) took off line its production capacities for a one-week turnaround last month and as a consequence the final PP output fell to 8,800 tonnes from 10,000 tonnes in June.
Overall production of propylene polymers at the Budenovsk plant totalled 66,400 tonnes in January-July 2016 versus 64,800 tonnes a year earlier.
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