Russia’s first-half PP production up 4%

26 July 2017 14:13 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Production of polypropylene (PP) in Russia increased to 715,800 tonnes in first six months of this year, up 4% year on year, compared to the same period of 2016, according to MRC ScanPlast.

All PP producers in Russia increased their output in the first half of the year, apart from Nizhnekamskneftekhim and Neftekhimia.

In June, Russia’s PP production decreased to 124,100 tonnes, compared with 126,800 tonnes in May.

The largest producer of PP in Russia, SIBUR Tobolsk, reported production in June at 44,000 tonnes, down from 46,700 tonnes a month earlier.

However, SIBUR Tobolsk's PP production reached 264,500 tonnes in January-June 2017, up 14% year on year, as the company’s facilities were not subject to shutdowns for scheduled maintenance.         

Poliom’s June PP production at Poliom stood at 17,900 tonnes, while a month earlier this figure was 18,600 tonnes.

Total PP production at the plant over the first half of the year stood at 106,600 tonnes, up 4% year on year.

June PP production at Ufaorgsintez was about 11,000 tonnes, which was equal to the level in May.

The producer’s PP output increased to 63,200 tonnes in January-June 2017 compared with 58,100 tonnes a year earlier.

Stavrolen (part of energy major Lukoil) increased its capacity utilisation in June, with 10,900 tonnes of propylene polymers produced, up slightly from May.

Overall PP production at the plant exceeded 59,800 tonnes in January-June, up 4% year on year.

Tomskneftekhim decreased PP production volumes in June to 17,800 tonnes against 12,400 tonnes in May, but total first-half production was up year on year, to 70,700 tonnes from 66,600 tonnes in the first half of 2016.

Nizhnekamskneftekhim’s PP production reached 17,800 tonnes in June, down from May’s 18,100 tonnes.

The producer’s PP production in January-June decreased by 1% from last year’s level to 108,500 tonnes.

Neftekhimia (part of Kapotnya) has been actively increasing capacity utilisation following the turnaround in March-April, and its June PP output at the plant grew to 10,800 tonnes, against 9,300 tonnes in May.

The producer’s PP output in the first six months of the year reached 42,500 tonnes, down 33% year on year.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev