Index of Russia chemical production up by 4.9% in Jan-Nov year on year

21 December 2017 12:13 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Overall output of chemicals grew in the first 11 months of 2017 by 4.9% year on year, with mineral fertilizers accounting for the greatest increase in production, according to Rosstat.

According to the Federal Service of State Statistics, last month’s production of basic chemicals rose by 3% from October. Thus, output of basic chemicals went up by 4.9% year on year in January-November, with chemical fertilizers accounting for the greatest increase in production and ethylene for the least growth.

November output of ethylene was 250,000 tonnes, compared to 205,000 tonnes a month earlier. Last month’s low production was caused by a scheduled shutdown for maintenance at Stavrolen.

Overall, over 2.6m tonnes of this olefin were produced in the first 11 months of 2017, up by 2.3% year on year.

Last month’s production of benzene rose to 117,000 tonnes from 114,000 tonnes in October. Overall output of this product exceeded 1.24m tonnes over the stated period, up by 4.8% year on year.

November production of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) was 106,000 tonnes (100% of the basic substance) versus 109,000 tonnes a month earlier.

Overall output of caustic soda grew to 1.12m tonnes in the first 11 months of 2017, up by 6.9% year on year.

Last month’s production of mineral fertilizers was 1.82m tonnes (in terms of 100% nutrients) versus 1.88m tonnes in October.

However, Russian plants produced 20.06m tonnes of fertilizers in January-November, up by 8.3% year on year.

Production of all types of fertilizers increased, with potash fertilizers - the output of which grew by 11.8% - accounting for the greatest increase.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev