LDPE production in Belarus fell by 53% in Q1 2017

05 April 2017 14:10 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Belarus’ overall production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) was 15,800 tonnes in the first three months of 2017, down by 53% year on year, according to MRC’s DataScope Report.

According to the National Statistics Committee of Belarus, Polymir, the local LDPE manufacturer, produced slightly over 5,300 tonnes of polyethylene (PE) in March 2017, compared to 4,900 tonnes a month earlier.

Polymir’s overall LDPE output totalled 15,800 tonnes in January-March 2017 versus 33,700 tonnes a year earlier. The fire at one of the ethylene units in late June, which led to a two-fold reduction in the olefin production, was the main reason for such a major fall in the output.

An outbreak of gas-air mixture with further flare combustion of outgoing products happened at workshop No. 104 on 18 June 2016. The fire damaged technological equipment, resulting in a shutdown of its second PE line with an annual capacity of 65,000 tonnes. The exact dates of the outage have not been announced yet, but the restart will not take place until next year.

Plant Polymir, founded in 1968, is the largest petrochemical company in Belarus, producing a wide range of chemical products, such as LDPE, acrylic fibers, products of organic synthesis, hydrocarbon fractions, etc.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev