Customers said the shutdown will last about three weeks, with gradual resumption of production to begin on 11 October. The plant’s capacity is 540,000 tonnes/year.
The Kazanorgsintez maintenance is the final in the current year at Russian producers. Gazprom neftekhim Salavat shut down its HDPE production in late July. Stavrolen and Nizhnekamskneftekhim do not plan to shut down for maintenance this year.
As MRC reported earlier, Kazanorgsintez increased HDPE production in August to 49,700 tonnes compared to 41,800 tonnes in July.
The producer produced about 329,000 tonnes of HDPE in the first eight months of the year, down 4% year on year.
Kazanorgsintez produces more than 38% of all Russian polyethylene and is its largest exporter. The company is Russia’s largest producer of HDPE at 540,000 tonnes/year and 225,000 tonnes/year of low density polyethylene (LDPE).
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