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PE production in Belarus fell by 33% in 2017

January 12/2018
MOSCOW (MRC) -- Belarus's overall production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) totalled slightly over 62,300 tonnes last year, down by a third year on year, according to MRC's DataScope Report. The forced outage at some of ethylene production capacities was the main reason, reported MRC analysts.


According to the National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus, the local LDPE roducer - Polymir - increased slightly its capacity utilisation in December 2017. December polyethylene (PE) output was slightly over 5,900 tonnes, compared to 5,500 tonnes a month earlier. Thus, Polymir's overall LDPE production totalled a little bit more than 62,300 tonnes in 2017 versus 92,400 tonnes a year earlier.

The fire at one of the ethylene units in late June 2016, which led to a two-fold reduction in the olefin production, was the main reason for such a major fall in PE output.


As reported earlier, Polymir had completed maintenance works at some production capacities by early November, the outage lasted for about one month.

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.

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Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PE, LDPE, ethylene, Naftan, Polymir, Belarus.
Category:General News
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