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Lukoil to shut ACN plant for maintenance

January 23/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Lukoil, Russian petrochemical major, is likely to take off-stream its acrylonitrile (ACN) plant in April 2020, according to Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in the Russia informed that, the company has planned to shut the plant in early-April, 2020. The plant is expected to remain off-line for around 10-15 days.

Located in Saratov, Russia, the plant has a production capacity of 190,000 mt/year.

As MRC informed before, Stavrolen (part of Lukoil), Russia's major polyolefins producer, has resumed its polypropylene (PP) production in Budennovsk after a long scheduled turnaround. The plant's customers said Stavrolen had fully resumed its PP production after the long scheduled maintenance by 15 October 2019. The outage began on 6 September. The start-up of the plant"s high density polyethylene (HDPE) production took place with a week delay.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,904,410 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2019, up by 6% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. PE shipments increased from both domestic producers and foreign suppliers. The PP consumption in the Russian market was 1,161,830 tonnes in January-November 2019, up by 7% year on year. Deliveries of all grades of propylene polymers increased, with the homopolymer PP segment accounting for the largest increase.

ACN is a feedstock for the production of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS).

According to ICIS-MRC Price report, Russia's November ABS imports were 3,300 tonnes versus 3,500 tonnes a month earlier and 4,100 tonnes in November 2018. Overall ABS imports to Russia slightly decreased year on year in the first eleven months of 2019 to 31,300 tonnes.

Lukoil  is one of the leading vertically integrated oil company in Russia. The main activities of the company include operations for exploration and production of oil and gas, production and sale of petroleum products. Lukoil is the second largest private oil Company worldwide by proven hydrocarbon reserves. Lukoil's structure includes one of the largest Russian petrochemical plant - Stavrolen.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PS, PE, ABS, akrilonitril, homopolymer PP, HDPE, Lukoyl, Stavrolen, Russia.
Category:General News
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