MOSCOW (MRC)--Russia’s production of high density polyethylene (HDPE) decreased in the first nine months of 2017 by 7.2% year on year, totalling 714,200 tonnes, according to a MRC’s ScanPlast Report.#
September’s HDPE production in Russia dropped to 66,500 tonnes, compared to 73,800 tonnes in August, mainly due to scheduled shutdowns for maintenance at the two largest plants, Kazanorgsintez and Stavrolen.
Overall, HDPE production reached 714,200 tonnes in January-September 2017, compared to 769,900 tonnes a year earlier.
Kazanorgsintez was the only producer to increase output, whereas Nizhnekamskneftekhim and Gazprom neftekhim Salavat posted decreases.
Kazanorgsintez’s total HDPE output fell to 33,700 tonnes in September, from 47,000 tonnes a month earlier.
The company’s Kazan plant began a gradual shutdown of its production capacities for a turnaround on 12 September.
The plant’s overall HDPE production in January-September stood at 397,000 tonnes, up 7% year on year.
Stavrolen produced 12,600 tonnes of HDPE last month versus 25,400 tonnes in August.
The producer shut its production for a two-month maintenance and modernisation of some of its production capacities on 16 September.
Its plant’s output reached 206,100 tonnes in the first nine months of 2017, which corresponded to the figure of 2016.
Gazprom neftekhim Salavat produced over 11,300 tonnes of HDPE in September, compared to 1,400 tonnes a month earlier, a low figure during that month due to a long outage.
Overall HDPE production at the Bashkir plant reached 64,200 tonnes in January-September 2017, down by 23% year on year.
Nizhnekamskneftekhim switched to HDPE production only in late September and produced about 9,000 tonnes for the incomplete working month.
The plant"s overall HDPE production was only 46,900 tonnes in January-September, compared to 108,700 tonnes a year earlier.
Such a noticeable reduction in the output was caused by an increase in the share of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) in the total production.
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