MOSCOW (MRC)--Overall output of chemicals in Russia increased by 7.4% year on year in the first six months of 2017 despite lower production in May and June, according to Russian statistical agency Rosstat.
In June, production of basic chemicals dropped by 1.4% month on month, having recorded a 1.5% month on month decrease in May.
June output of ethylene was 257,000 tonnes, compared to 260,000 tonnes a month earlier. Overall, over 1.5m tonnes of ethylene was manufactured in the first six months of 2017, up by 10.2% year on year.
Benzene production dropped to 106,000 tonnes in June, down 7% from 114,000 tonnes in May, due mainly to a scheduled maintenance at the Rosneft-run Angarsk Polymers Plant. Overall output exceeded 703,000 tonnes over the stated period, up by 11.5% year on year.
June production of xylenes was 35,300 tonnes, compared to 51,400 tonnes a month earlier. 276,900 tonnes of xylenes were produced in the first six months of 2017, down by 7.8% year on year.
103,000 tonnes of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) was produced in June, down by 5.2% month on month. Overall output of caustic soda grew to 617,800 tonnes in January-June 2017, up by 12.3% year on year.
Last month’s production of mineral fertilizers was 1.93m tonnes (in terms of 100% nutrients) versus 1.91m tonnes in May. Russian plants produced about 11m tonnes of fertilizers in January-June 2017, up by 11.3% year on year. Production of all types of fertilizers increased, with potash, the output of which grew by 18%, accounting for the greatest increase.
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