Russia January-September chemicals production up 5.6% year on year 

20 October 2017 13:26 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Overall output of Russian chemicals increased in the first nine months by 5.6% year on year, with the greatest rise seen in caustic soda and mineral fertilizers, according to Rosstat.

The Federal Service of State Statistics said last month’s production of basic chemicals grew by 6.5% from August.

September output of ethylene was 173,000 tonnes, compared to 228,000 tonnes a month earlier, with lower production last month caused by a scheduled shutdown for maintenance at Kazanorgsintez, Nizhnekamskneftekhim and Stavrolen.

Overall, over 2.14 m tonnes of this olefin were manufactured in the first nine month of 2017, up by 4.5% year on year.

Last month’s production of benzene dropped to 94,600 tonnes from 110,000 tonnes in August, which was also caused by the outage at three plants. Overall output of this product exceeded 1.0 m tonnes over the stated period, up by 6.5%year on year.

September production of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) was 99,400 tonnes (100% of the basic substance) versus 96,500 tonnes a month earlier.

A small decrease in output last month was a result of a decrease in capacity utilisation at RusVinyl and Kaustik Volgograd. Overall output of caustic soda grew to 901,400 tonnes in January-September 2017, up by 8.1% year on year.

Last month’s production of mineral fertilizers was 1.77m tonnes (in terms of 100% nutrients) versus 1.86m tonnes in August. Nevertheless, Russian plants produced 16.36m tonnes of fertilizers in January-September 2017, up by 9.4% year on year.

Production of all types of fertilizers increased, with potash fertilizers, the output of which grew by 14%, accounting for the greatest rise.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev