MOSCOW (MRC) -- Output of chemical
products increased by 7.5% in the first three months of the year, as per
According to the Federal Service of State Statistics,
last month"s production of basic chemicals grew by 9.4% from March 2016. Benzene
and caustic soda accounted for the greatest increase in the output.
268,000 tonnes of ethylene were produced in March, compared to 238,000
tonnes a month earlier. Overall, over 773,000 tonnes of this olefin were
manufactured in the first three month of 2017, up by 8.2% year on year. Such a
major increase in the output was caused by stable operations of Angarsk Polymer
Plant this year, whereas last year the plant shut down its production in early
February due to technical issues.
Last month"s production of benzene rose
to 131,000 tonnes from 117,000 tonnes in February. Overall output of this
product exceeded 378,000 tonnes over the stated period, up by 13.6%year on year.
The increase in production was ensured by Angarsk Polymer Plant.
production of xylenes was 45,400 tonnes, compared to 44,000 tonnes a month
earlier. January-March output of xylenes was 146,600 tonnes, down by 6.8% year
March production of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) was 110,000
tonnes (100% of the basic substance), up by 12.1% year on year. Overall output
of caustic soda grew to 307,900 tonnes in January-March 2017, up by 12.3% year
on year. In February 2016, due to force majeure for ethylene supply,
SayanskKhimplast was forced to shut down its caustic soda production, the outage
continued until July.
Last month"s production of mineral
fertilizers was 1.828 mln tonnes (in terms of 100% nutrients), up 8.5% from
February. Russian plants produced over 5.368 mln tonnes of fertilizers in the
first three months of 2017, up by 8.3% year onyear. Production of all types of
fertilizers increased, with potash fertilizers, the output of which grew by
13.9%, accounted for the greatest increase.