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PE production in Belarus down by 38% in first ten months of 2017

November 13/2017

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Belarus"s overall production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) totalled 50,800 tonnes in the first ten months of 2017, down by 38% year on year. Local producer had completed the turnaround of part of the capacities by early November, according to MRC analysts.

According to the National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus, the local producer of LDPE - Polymir stopped part of the facilities for preventive maintenance in October of this year. October LDPE production in the country were 5,700 tonnes, compared with 6,300 tonnes in September. Thus, Polymir"s overall LDPE output totalled 50,800 tonnes in January-October 2017 versus 81,500 tonnes a year earlier.

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

Polymir shut a part of the facilities for preventive maintenance by the first of October, the turnaround lasted about a month. By the beginning of the last week the work of the whole site was resumed.

Polymir (part of Naftan) is Belarus" largest petrochemical company, producing a wide range of chemical products, such as low density polyethylene (LDPE), acrylic fibers, products of organic synthesis, hydrocarbon fractions, etc. Polymir was founded in 1968. The producer uses technologies of the largest foreign companies from Great Britain, Japan, Germany, Italy (Courtaulds, Asahi Chemical Co. Ltd,
Kanematsu Gosho, SNIA BPD, etc.), as well as the developments of scientific research institutes and design institutes of the CIS countries.
The plant"s annual production capacity is 130,000 tonnes.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PE, LDPE, Polymir, Belarus.
Category:General News
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