PE production in Belarus down by 39% in first eleven months of 2017

11 December 2017 15:56 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Belarus’ overall production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) totalled 56,400 tonnes in January-November 2017, down by 39% year on year, according to MRC’s DataScope Report.

According to the National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus, local LDPE producer Polymir slightly reduced its capacity utilisation in November, meaning its November polyethylene (PE) output was 5,500 tonnes, compared to 5,700 tonnes a month earlier.

Polymir’s LDPE production, meanwhile, amounted to 56,400 tonnes in January-November 2017 versus 92,400 tonnes a year earlier.

A fire at one of the company’s ethylene units in late June 2016, which led to a two-fold reduction in the olefin production, was the main reason for such a major fall in the output.

As reported earlier, Polymir had completed maintenance works at some production capacities, the outage of the line lasted for about a month.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev