MOSCOW (MRC)--Production of high density polyethylene (HDPE) in Russia exceeded 576,500 tonnes in the first seven months of 2016, up 11% year on year, with the greatest increase at producers Stavrolen and Gazprom neftekhim Salavat, according to MRC ScanPlast.
July HDPE production in Russia exceeded 74,600 tonnes, while in June it was about 83,900 tonnes.
The reduction in output was mainly a result of scheduled maintenance works at Gazprom neftekhim Salavat as well as Nizhnekamskneftekhim’s decision to switch to production of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE).
Total PE production in Russia exceeded 576,500 tonnes in January-July 2016 against 521,500 tonnes year on year.
Stavrolen and Gazprom neftekhim Salavat increased production volumes, while Kazanorgsintez and Nizhnekamskneftekhim decreased HDPE output.
Kazanorgsintez produced 41,800 tonnes of HDPE in July, compared with 39,000 tonnes in June, while it produced about 279,200 tonnes in January-July, compared with 305,200 tonnes year on year.
Stavrolen practically kept June level of production rates in July, with output reached 24,400 tonnes.
Stavrolen produced about 155,600 tonnes in Jan-July 2016, whereas a year earlier the figure did not exceed 80,000 tonnes after an accident at the ethylene production in February 2014 halted production of HDPE, which was only restarted in April 2015.
Nizhnekamskneftekhim switched to the production of LLDPE in the middle of June, without producing any HDPE.
The company produced 77,700 tonnes of HDPE in the first seven months of the year, compared with 79,000 tonnes during the same period a year earlier.
Gazprom neftekhim Salavat shut its HDPE production for a week long turnaround, as a result HDPE production at the plant reduced to 8,100 tonnes in July against 10,400 tonnes in June.
The company produced about 64,000 tonnes in the first seven months of the year, compared with 57,400 tonnes a year earlier.
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