Grupa Azoty reduces production in March and April after difficult first quarter in 2023 - Issue 391 || PKN Orlen-petrochemical production Jan-Apr 2023 - Issue 391 || Central European styrene trade Jan-Apr 2023 - Issue 391 || Polish polyethylene production & trade Jan-Apr 2023 - Issue 391 || Polish polypropylene production & trade Jan-Apr 2023 - Issue 391 || Polish synthetic rubber trade, Jan-Apr 2023 - Issue 391 || Central European MDI trade Jan-Apr 2023 - Issue 391 || Central European methanol trade Jan-Apr 2023 - Issue 391 || Russian chemical industry-new terminals required to serve Chinese market - Issue 391 || Russian butadiene production Jan-Apr 2023 - Issue 391 || Russian plastics and polyethylene production Jan-Apr 2023 - Issue 391 || Russian polyethylene trade Jan-Apr 2023 - Issue 391 || PTA deliveries from China to Kaliningrad - Issue 391 || Russian methanol production Jan-Apr 2023 - Issue 391 || Russian methanol exports, Jan-Apr 2023 - Issue 391 || Methanol plant at Volgograd signs agreement with Chinese company - Issue 391 || Russian polyurethane raw materials 2023 - Issue 391 || Uzbek methanol island-Air Products - Issue 391 || Russian Methanol Production, exports and domestic sales 2023 - Issue 392 || Polish petrochemical production Jan-May 2023 - Issue 392 || Olefin 111 project outline - Issue 392 || Polimex Mostostal and Naftoremont-Naftobudowa-Olefin 111 project - Issue 392 || Hungarian propylene exports Jan-Apr 2023 - Issue 392 || Central European styrene trade Jan-May 2023 - Issue 392 || Czech petrochemical trade, Jan-May 2023 - Issue 392 || Polish rubber trade Jan-May 2023 - Issue 392 || Hungarian TDI-MDI exports Jan-Feb 2023 - Issue 392 || Russian propylene exports & sales Jan-May 2023 - Issue 392 || KPI polypropylene outage & exports - Issue 392 || Russian methanol producer operational balances 2023 - Issue 396 || Russian Methanol Exports October 2023 - Issue 396 || Polish Polyol Exports 2022-2023 - Issue 396 || Polish Polyol Imports 2022-2023 - Issue 396 || Central European isocyanate trade Jan-Sep 2023 - Issue 396 || Czech polyol imports Jan-Sep 2023 - Issue 396 || Polish polyol trade Jan-Sep 2023 - Issue 396 || Isocyanate/polyol imports from China into Russia - Issue 396 ||

CIREC Monthly News, November 2018

Key pointers from this month’s issue

Central Europe

PDH Polska is seeking to finalise bidding for its propylene and polypropylene projects in Poland, whilst Orlen and MOL both concentrate on developing propylene chain products.  Polypropylene imports into Poland totalled 372,000 tons in the first half of 2018 against exports of 100,000 tons.  Duslo in Slovakia launched a new ammonia plant in September, whilst BorsodChem received EC approval for a Hungarian gov’t loan to build an aniline plant at Kazincbarcika.  PCC is aiming to expand its capacity for monochloroacetic acid in Poland, conversely Grupa Azoty ZAK has ceased production of the plasticizer DEHP at Kedzierzyn-Kozle.  Regarding petrochemical production, both Unipetrol and MOL started maintenance shutdowns in September.   

Russian chemical production & domestic sales

Olefin production in Russia rose in the first eight months in 2018, particularly propylene where the Tobolsk plant increased output.  Propylene sales on the domestic Russian market changed minimally in the first eight months in 2018, rising to 255,000 tons from 254,300 tons.   Paraxylene sales on the Russian domestic market amounted to 120,500 tons in the first eight months in 2018 versus in the same period in 2017.  Ufaneftekhim increased sales from 59,900 tons to 79,100 tons in the first eight months in 2018, compensating for Gazprom Neft at Omsk reduced shipments from 62,400 tons to 41,500 tons.  Russian production of HDPE totalled 652,500 tons in January-August 2018, 1% up on Jan-Aug 2017 when production totalled 647,100 tons.  Overall for the eight months in 2018 merchant sales of phenol in the Russian market declined from 87,100 tons to 77,200 tons, as both Kazanorgsintez and Ufaorgsintez focused more on processing into bisphenol A than commercial shipments. 

Russian chemical trade

Russian PVC exports rose from 61,300 tons in the first eight months in 2017 to 78,200 tons.  Butanol exports from Russia increased in the first seven months this year, although remain lower than the volumes recorded prior to the start-up of the Salavat acrylic acid complex in 2017.  Normal butanol export shipments rose to 21,000 tons versus 10,900 tons in the first seven months in 2017, whilst isobutanol volumes increased from 10,800 tons to 22,500 tons.  Exports of 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) amounted to 14,300 tons in the first seven months in 2018, down from 16,600 tons in 2017.  New export routes are required by Shchekinoazot following the launch of the new complex for methanol and ammonia production, the first unit of its kind in Russia where the two products are produced using the same facilities and technology.  The complex is capable of producing 1,350 tons of methanol and 415 tons of ammonia per day. 

Russian chemical projects & competition

SIBUR intends to expand the production of thermoplastic elastomers (TEPs) by 50,000 tpa at the Voronezh industrial site, thus raising total capacity to 135,000 tpa.  The final decision by SIBUR on the construction of the Amur Gas-Chemical Complex will be taken by SIBUR shareholders in 2019.  Toyo Engineering Corporation and the Irkutsk Oil Company (INK) signed an agreement on cooperation in September regarding the large-scale gas project.  Chinese company Wison Engineering presented to Gazprom neftekhim Salavat MTO technology for the production of olefins from natural gas.


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