Polymir resumes Belarus PE production following two-week turnaround

04 October 2016 10:26 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Polymir plant, part of Naftan, Belarus, resumed its production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) after maintenance, according to ICIS-MRC’s price report.

The plant’s customers said Polymir launched the first LDPE line at the weekend after conducting maintenance work.

The turnaround lasted for two weeks, the plant was shut down for maintenance on 19 September. Its annual production capacity is 65,000 tonnes.

As MRC informed earlier, an outbreak of gas-air mixture with flare combustion of exhaust products happened at the plant on 18 June 2016. The fire damaged the technological equipment at the ethylene unit and, the producer had to shut the second polyethylene (PE) line.

According to MRC’s ScanPlast, Polymir’s overall LDPE production exceeded 73,000 tonnes in the first eight months of 2016, down by 6.8% year on year.

Polymir (part of Naftan) is Belarus’ largest petrochemical company, producing a wide range of chemical products, such as low density polyethylene (LDPE), acrylic fibers, products of organic synthesis, hydrocarbon fractions, etc. The plant’s annual LDPE production capacity is 130,000 tonnes.

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

By Sergey Karaichentsev