Russia’s PP output decreases 2% in January-February

21 March 2017 10:17 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Production of polypropylene (PP) in Russia decreased to 234,300 tonne in first two months of this year, down 2% year on year although some producers posted increases in output, according to MRC ScanPlast report.

February PP production in the country decreased to 108,700 tonnes, compared with 125,700 tonnes in January.

Several producers decreased capacity utilisation, with a total output in the two-month period of 234,300 tonnes against 239,200 tonnes in January-February 2016.

Some producers showing increased PP output were Stavrolen, Ufaorgsintez and Poliom.

SIBUR Tobolsk stood as the largest PP producer in February at 34,800 tonnes against 46,400 tonnes a month earlier, which put the company’s total production for 81,200 tonnes for the two first months of the year.

February production at Poliom stood at 16,800 tonnes, while a month earlier this figure was 18,600 tonnes. Total PP production at the plant in January-February was about 35,400 tonnes.

February PP production at Ufaorgsintez decreased to 10,300 tonnes from 10,800 tonnes a month earlier.

Ufaorgsintez increased its output in February-January to 21,100 tonnes in January-February 2017 compared with 20,100 tonnes year on year.

Stavrolen (LUKOIL) increased capacity utilisation in February and rose PP production to 10,100 tonnes against 9,500 tonnes in January. Overall PP production at the plant reached 19,600 tonnes in January-February, up 4% year on year.

February PP production at Nizhnekamskneftekhim decreased to 16,900 tonnes from 18,700 tonnes a month earlier. The producer's PP output decreased to 35,700 tonnes in January-February 2017 compared with 36,100 tonnes year on year.

Tomskneftekhim increased capacity utilisation in February and produced 11,200 tonnes, while in January this figure stood at 11,900 tonnes. Total PP production at Tomskneftekhim over the reported period exceeded 23,200 tonnes, compared with 23,600 tonnes year on year.

Neftekhimiya (Kapotnya) last month produced about 8,600 tonnes of PP, compared with 9,600 tonnes in January. The producer’s PP output in Jan-Feb reached 18,200 tonnes, down 16% year on year.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev