Russia Jan-July PP production up by 9% year on year

24 August 2017 11:33 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Production of polypropylene (PP) in Russia grew by around 9% in January-July year on year, according to MRC ScanPlast.

All producers increased their PP production volumes apart from Neftekhimiya.

July PP production in the country fell to 122,000 tonnes from 124,100 tonnes in June, with Ufaorgsintez and SIBUR Tobolsk decreasing their capacity utilisation.

In general, January-July PP production in the Russian Federation approached the level of 837,800 tonnes against 772,000 tonnes a year earlier. SIBUR Tobolsk recorded the greatest increase while Neftekhimiya lowered production indicators due to long scheduled maintenance.

The structure of PP production over the reported period looked as follows:

The largest producer of PP in Russia, SIBUR Tobolsk, in July produced about 40,300 tonnes against 44,000 tonnes a month earlier. Its production reached 304,800 tonnes in January-July, up 25% year on year.

Such a sharp increase in production was due to the absence of a shutdown for scheduled maintenance.

Poliom (Titan Group) last month produced about 17,900 tonnes of polypropylene, almost the same as in June. Total PP production at the plant over the reported period was about 124,400 tonnes, up 3% year on year.

July PP production at Ufaorgsintez decreased to about 10,700 tonnes from 11,000 tonnes a month earlier. The producer’s PP output increased to 73,900 tonnes in January-July 2017 compared with 68,600 tonnes year on year.

Stavrolen (LUKOIL) in July maintained its June capacity utilisation, with total production around 10,900 tonnes of propylene polymers. Overall PP production at the plant exceeded 70,700 tonnes in January-July, up 7% year on year.

Tomskneftekhim increased production volumes in July, with the final production of propylene polymers at 12,200 tonnes against 11,800 tonnes in June. Total PP production at Tomskneftekhim over the reported period reached 82,800 tonnes, compared with 71,000 tonnes year on year.

July PP production at Nizhnekamskneftekhim reached 18,800 tonnes from 17,800 tonnes a month earlier. The producer’s PP production in January-July grew by 1% from last year’s level to 127,300 tonnes.

Neftekhimia (Kapotnya) has been actively increasing capacity utilisation since May following a turnaround in March-April.

July PP production at the plant grew to 11,200 tonnes against 10,800 tonnes in June. The producer’s PP output in the first seven months of the year reached 53,700 tonnes, up 28% year on year.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev