PP production in Russia rises 4% in January-February

21 March 2018 15:31 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Russia’s overall production of polypropylene (PP) grew in January-February 2018 by 4% year on year, totalling 245,100 tonne. All Russian producers increased their output, with Nizhnekamskneftekhim being the exception, according to MRC’s ScanPlast report.

In general, in January-February PP production in the Russian Federation exceeded the level of 245,100 tonnes against 234,700 tonnes a year earlier. The greatest increase in production showed was from SIBUR Tobolsk and Tomskneftekhim, while Neftekhimiya, Stavrolen and Nizhnekamskneftekhim lowered production indicators.

The largest producer of PP in Russia, SIBUR Tobolsk, in February produced about 39,100 tonnes against 47,700 tonnes a month earlier. SIBUR Tobolsk’s PP production exceeded 86,700 tonnes in January-February 2018, up 7% year on year.

Nizhnekamskneftekhim decreased capacity utilisation in February, total polypropylene production had decreased to 15,800 tonnes against 18,300 tonnes in January. The producer’s PP production in January-February decreased by 4% from last year’s level to 35,800 tonnes.

Poliom (Titan Group) last month, produced 17,200 tonnes of PP, compared with 18,500 tonnes in January. Total PP production at the plant over the reported period was about 35,700 tonnes, up 1% year on year.

Tomskneftekhim decreased production volumes in February, and the final production of propylene polymers was 11,100 tonnes against 12,700 tonnes in January. Total PP production at Tomskneftekhim over the reported period reached 23,900 tonnes, compared with 23,100 tonnes year on year.

February PP production at Ufaorgsintez decreased to 10,300 tonnes from 11,600 tonnes a month earlier. The producer's PP output decreased to 21,800 tonnes in January-February 2018 compared with 21,500 tonnes year on year.

Neftekhimiya (Kapotnya) also slightly decreased capacity utilisation in February, total polypropylene production had decreased to 10,700 tonnes against 12,300 tonnes in January. The producer’s PP output in January-February reached 23,200 tonnes, down 27% year on year. A low indicator of last year was a result of a long scheduled maintenance works in March-April.

Stavrolen (subsidiary of Lukoil) produced 9,500 tonnes of PP in February against 10,200 tonnes in January. Overall PP production at the plant exceeded 19,700 tonnes in January-February, down 1% year on year.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev