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Omani OQ begins maiden production of polyethylene

July 30/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Omani energy firm OQ has started test runs at its new 880,000 t/yr polyethylene (PE) plant and begun bagging its first batch of polymer resins, said Chemweek.

The closely watched swing PE plant is Oman's first and located at the Liwa Plastics Industries Complex (LPIC), which also includes a 300,000 t/yr polypropylene (PP) unit.

Tecnimont, a major contractor of LPIC, said on 20 May that the unit achieved a safe start-up and produced its first polymer powder using imported ethylene.

According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia dropped in January-June 2020 by 7% year on year to 328,000 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the main decrease in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia rose in the first six months of 2020 by 21% year on year to 105,300 tonnes. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.

The OQ entity comprises state-owned oil company OOC, refiner Orpic and seven other domestic firms.

German chemicals company Oxea changed its corporate name to OQ Chemicals in mid-May, as it integrated into OQ.
Author:Anna Larionova
Category:General News
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