Russia's January-August PP production up 5% year on year

26 September 2016 10:55 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Russia’s overall production of polypropylene (PP) rose in the first eight months of 2016 by 5% year on year, totalling slightly over 895,000 tonnes, with Tobolsk-Polymer and Neftekhimia accounting for a major part of the increase, according to MRC's ScanPlast report.

August 2016 PP output in Russia exceeded 123,000 tonnes, compared to 82,600 tonnes a month earlier (in June-July, Tobolsk-Polymer and Tomskneftekhim shut down their production for scheduled  maintenance works).

Russia’s overall PP production  reached 895,000 tonnes in January-August 2016, compared to 853,100 tonnes a year earlier.

The production structure by plants looked the following way over the stated period:

Tobolsk-Polymer, Russia’s largest PP producer, produced over 42,200 tonnes of PP last month, compared to 13,000 tonnes in July.

The Tobolsk plant shut down its production for maintenance in the first half of June and resumed its operations by the third week of July. Overall PP output at the Tobolsk plant reached 286,900 tonnes in the first eight months of the year, compared to 240,500 tonnes a year earlier.

The Omsk plant - Poliom (part of Titan) - produced over 18,600 tonnes in August, compared to 18,100 tonnes a month earlier. The plant shut down its production for a two-week turnaround on 12 September. PP production at the Omsk plant exceeded 139,000 tonnes in the first eight months of 2016 versus 135,500 tonnes a year earlier.

Neftekhimia (Kapotnya) produced 11,400 tonnes of polypropylene (PP) last month, compared to 10,600 tonnes a month earlier. The plant’s overall output reached 85,800 tonnes in January-August of 2016, up by 10% year on year.

Stavrolen (part of Lukoil) increased its capacity utilisation in August, with the final output of propylene polymers growing to 10,900 tonnes from 8,800 tonnes a month earlier (the plant shut down its production for a one-week turnaround in July).

The Budenovsk plant’s overall production of propelene polymers totalled 77,300 tonnes in January-August 2016 versus 74,900 tonnes a year earlier.

Nizhnekamskneftekhim produced 17,900 tonnes of PP last month, compared to 17,100 tonnes in July (lower capacity utilisation was caused by the scheduled maintenance at the ethylene and propylene units).

Overall PP output at the Nizhnekamsk plant exceeded 144,400 tonnes in the first eight months of 2016, whereas a year earlier, the figure was 145,700 tonnes.

Ufaorgsintez’s August production exceeded 11,000 tonnes, compared to 10,500 tonnes in July. The Ufa plant’s total output of polymer decreased to 79,800 tonnes in January-August 2016 versus 83,700 tonnes a year earlier.

T
omskneftekhim produced 11,200 tonnes of PP last month, whereas the July figure was slightly over 4,400 tonnes. The shutdown for one month's maintenance in June-July was the main reason for the low output.

The plant's overall production of this polymer exceeded 82,200  tonnes, down by 13% year on year.

MRC, a partner of ICIS, produces polymers news and pricing reports from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

By Sergey Karaichentsev