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Lukoil selects Lummus PP technology for new plant in Russia

September 08/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Lukoil (Moscow, Russia) has selected Lummus Technologys Novolen polypropylene (PP) technology for a previously announced new petrochemical facility in Kstovo, Russia, said Chemweek.

Lummus says its Novolen business has been awarded a contract by the Russian oil company to supply the technology license for the 500,000 metric tons/year PP production unit, as well as basic design engineering, training and services, and catalyst supply. The PP technology license award is the first since Lummus became an independent company earlier this year, it says. The contract is the largest Novolen PP unit licensed in Russia to date, according to Lummus.

Russia is "a critical market where Lummus has had a strong presence for decades," and where it will continue to expand, says Leon de Bruyn, president and CEO at Lummus Technology.

The award increases the total amount of licensed volume for Novolen technology worldwide to more than 17 million metric tons/year, according to Lummus.

Lukoil took an investment decision mid-2019 to proceed with the PP plant at its existing Kstovo refinery in the Nizhny Novgorod region, with the refinery to provide feedstock for the new unit, which is planned to produce PP largely for the export market. The company also said at the time it planned to build a 300,000-metric tons/year styrene manufacturing complex at the same site.

As per MRC's ScanPlast, Russian plants' total PP production grew to 158,800 tonnes in July, compared to 149,400 tonnes a month earlier; ZapSibNeftekhim, Nizhnekamskneftekhim and Poliom increased their capacity utilisation. Russia"s overall PP production reached 1,063,700 tonnes in January-July 2020, compared to 854,500 tonnes a year earlier. Five out of eight producers raised their capacity utilisation, with a new producer - ZapSibNeftekhim - accounting for the main increase in the output.

Kstovo is one of Lukoils largest refineries in Russia with a throughput of 17 million metric tons/year.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PP, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, PP random copolymer, petrochemistry, Lukoyl, Lummus Technology.
Category:General News
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