October 2019 news

Russian Petrochemical Production from Q1 2018 to Q3 2019 (unit-kilo tons)

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Product Q1 18 Q2 18 Q3 18 Q4 18 Q1 19 Q2 19 Q3 19
Acetic Acid 32 34 33 31 32 32 32
Acetone 30.2 32.9 26 37.3 36.7 33 34.2
Acrylates 30 20 38.6 22.7 24.9 23.5 24
Acrylonitrile 34 33.5 32 28.8 32 33 32
Benzene 371.5 332.7 318.7 339.4 341 341.8 294.7
Bisphenol A 32 30 36 48 30 36 38
Butadiene 78 62 68 76.4 76.9 62.5 73.1
Butanol Totals 74.1 55.1 70.1 78 68.7 54.4 57.2
Caprolactam 96.1 105.6 95.1 64.4 92.5 93.4 97.7
Cumene 74.8 80 71.5 91.9 78.1 70.7 73.6
Ethylbenzene 174.4 186.8 181 138.6 199.7 187.1 88.3
Ethylhexanol 30.2 31.1 28.1 32.6 23.1 27.3 18.7
Ethylene 786.1 738 705.6 688.7 791.2 785.1 677.5
HDPE 474.4 516.4 473.4 459.4 477.8 489.8 417.6
Isobutanol 27.8 24.1 27 30.9 30.1 24.7 20.9
Isoprene Monomer 82 92 99 87 91.9 94.6 16.9
Isopropanol 5 4 4.8 2.9 2.5 2.4 2.2
LDPE 272 315 352 325.8 313.8 371.8 272.8
LLDPE 60 104 118 4 102 122 122.2
Melamine 20 23 24 22 24 20 22
Methanol 1051 1064.9 991.8 1162.5 1193.7 1077.1 1024.6
N-Butanol 41.5 30.3 37.8 45.9 38.6 29.6 36.2
Orthoxylene 76.4 69 38.3 66.8 83 114.8 106
Paraxylene 89.6 92.6 74.7 77 75 59 56.5
PET 143 136 128.7 129 139.9 130 71.3
Pentaerythritol 6.1 7.3 7 6.2 5.9 6.2 7
Phenol 48.7 52.1 41.5 61.9 57.8 52.4 54.5
Phthalic Anhydride 17.4 35 21.1 26.2 24.2 27.1 24.3
Polyamide-6 40 51.9 24 38 39.2 42.3 30.6
Polyethylene 371.2 419.7 406.7 337.6 395.8 441.8 380.9
Polypropylene 311.2 257.6 338.2 248.2 293.1 330.7 279.2
Propylene  1065.3 878.9 958.5 801.7 984.9 1057.5 978.1
PTA 130 124 149.7 134 57.4 0 112.6
PVC 502.6 466.8 430.6 517.4 523.4 482 435.8
Styrene 363.8 379.4 362.5 283.1 401.3 377.2 186.7
Thermoplastic Elastomers 41 36 38.4 43 42.4 39.9 42.8
Toluene 154 165.3 161.2 207.1 163.2 177.9 129.4
VCM 517.6 480.8 443.5 532.9 539.1 496.4 448.8

 

Russian petrochemical projects

Russian & Ukrainian petrochemical markets

Russian ethylene production, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Russian styrene production & sales, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Karpatneftekhim, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Russian polymer markets

Russian PVC production & trade, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Monday, November 11, 2019
Russian HDPE production Jan-Sep 2019 posted Monday, November 11, 2019
SIBUR, synthetic rubber, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Wednesday, November 20, 2019
SIBUR-Sinopec revive nitrile rubber jv posted Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Nizhnekamskneftekhim rubber exports Jan-Sep 2019 posted Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Russian synthetic rubber exports, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Russian MDI imports, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Russian aromatic markets

Russian paraxylene domestic sales, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Monday, November 11, 2019
Russian paraxylene exports, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Monday, November 11, 2019
Russian PTA imports,Jan-Aug 2019 posted Monday, November 11, 2019
Completed repairs on PTA plant at Polief posted Monday, November 11, 2019
Russian benzene production-sales, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Monday, November 11, 2019
Russian benzene trade, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Monday, November 11, 2019
Russian phenol market, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Monday, November 11, 2019
Russian phenol exports, JanSep 2019 posted Monday, November 11, 2019
Kuibyshevazot Jan-Sep 2019 posted Monday, November 11, 2019
        Russian TDI imports, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Russian organic chemical markets

SIBUR-oxo alcohol expansion posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Tatneft-maleic anhydride project update posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Russian butanol production Jan-Sep 2019 posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Russian domestic butanol sales, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Russian & Ukrainian methanol markets

Russian methanol export sales, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Russian methanol domestic sales, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Wednesday, November 06, 2019
AEON Methanol project Volgograd update posted Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Nizhnekamskneftekhim-methanol plant preparations posted Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Russian methanol production Jan-Sep 2019 posted Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Ukrainian methanol imports, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Central European chemical industry news

PKN Orlen phenol project contractor posted Monday, November 04, 2019
Polish phenol trade, Jan-Jul 2019 posted Monday, November 04, 2019
PKN Orlen, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Monday, November 04, 2019
Polish propylene imports, Jan-Jul 2019 posted Monday, November 04, 2019
Unipetrol, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Monday, November 04, 2019
Grupa Azoty-Oxoviflex expansion posted Monday, November 18, 2019
Grupa Azoty, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Monday, November 18, 2019
Polymery Police-final investment structure posted Monday, November 18, 2019
Czech chemical trade, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Monday, November 18, 2019
Czech petrochemical exports, Jan-Sep 2019 posted Monday, November 18, 2019
Polish PTA exports, Jan-Aug 2019 posted Monday, November 18, 2019
MOL, Q3 2019 posted Monday, November 18, 2019
Synthos-GE Hitachi and LNG posted Monday, November 18, 2019

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Paraxylene, including producers Gazprom Neft, Kirishinefteorgsintez and Ufaneftekhim

PTA, including consumers in Kaliningrad and Moscow.  The only producer is Polief

Cumene-Phenol-Acetone, including producers Kazanorgsintez, Rosneft and Ufaorgsintez

Propylene, production by producer, exports and prices

Styrene, production by producer, exports and prices

Caprolactam, including Kuibyshevazot, SDS Azot, and Shchekinoazot

Methanol,, production by producer, exports and destinations

Butanols,production by producer, exports and destinations

Russian TDI, imports by country, volume and value

Russian MDI,, imports by country, volume and value

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Russian Synthetic Rubber Exports 2019 (unit-kilo tons)            
Country Jan Feb  Mar Apr May Jun Jul  Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec  Total
China 13.6 12.4 11.6 12.1 7.7 8.0 8.61 13         87.1
Poland 8.8 9.3 11.3 8.9 9.2 11.2 7.53 8.13         74.2
Hungary 8.2 5.9 8.2 5.5 5.9 7.6 6.39 9.6         57.3
India 8.7 7.8 6.8 7.6 4.8 4.6 6.01 6.08         52.3
US 8.7 4.4 5.9 4.4 3.4 3.1 4.56 2.13         36.4
Mexcio 4.5 5.3 5.7 3.8 4.3 6.1 1.6 5.13         36.4
Turkey 3.5 4.8 5.6 4.7 3.2 4.2 4.92 3.31         34.2
Slovakia 3.7 3.7 3.8 4.2 4.7 5.5 3.31 3.1         32.0
Romania 3.5 3.5 4.1 4.8 3.8 3.3 4.87 4.28         32.2
Brazil 2.4 3.5 2.9 2.3 3.7 2.3 1.79 2.83         21.6
Czech 2.6 2.6 3.2 3.2 3.5 3.0 2.79 3.48         24.4
Germany 2.9 3.2 2.6 3.0 2.0 2.4 2.87 2.64         21.6
Belarus 3.1 2.6 2.3 3.1 2.8 2.8 2.78 2.68         22.2
Ukraine 1.1 1.2 1.8 2.1 1.9 1.7 1.65 1.43         12.9
Others 16.2 15.7 16.9 19.0 15.9 14.1 19.5 13.4         130.7
Total 91.5 85.7 92.7 88.8 76.7 79.9 79.2 81.2         675.7
                           
Value ($ million)                      
Country Jan Feb  Mar Apr May Jun Jul  Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec  Total
China 20.6 19.1 16.8 18.2 11.8 12.3 13.5 18.7         131.0
Poland 12.5 14.4 19.7 15.3 15.2 18.2 13 13.7         122.0
Hungary 15.3 10.5 15.2 10.1 11.1 13.6 11.9 5.38         93.1
India 14.2 12.9 10.5 12.8 7.6 8 11.3 10.5         87.8
US 13.1 6.9 10.9 7 4.9 5 8 4         59.8
Mexcio 7.2 9 9.2 6.3 7 8.6 2.6 8.4         58.3
Turkey 5.4 7.2 8.6 6.6 4.9 6.4 7.9 4.9         51.9
Slovakia 6.4 5.9 6.2 6.6 7 3.39 5.3 4.8         45.6
Romania 5.8 5.4 6.6 7.1 5.7 5.1 7.6 6.7         50.0
Brazil 3.4 5.2 9.1 3.2 5.4 3.2 2.7 4.2         36.4
Czech 4.6 4.4 5.2 5.1 5.7 5 4.6 5.6         40.2
Germany 4.5 5 4.2 4.9 3.2 5.7 4.8 4.2         36.5
Belarus 4.9 4.3 4 5.4 4.6 4.8 4.8 4.3         37.1
Ukraine 1.6 1.8 2.7 3.2 2.9 1.1 2.5 2.1         17.9
Others 26.5 23 27.1 26.2 25 26.6 30.5 31.5         216.4
Total 146 135 156 138 122.0 127.0 131.0 129.0         1084.0

Russian petrochemical markets November 2019

Russian Ethylene Production (unit-kilo tons)

Producer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Angarsk Polymer Plant

145.5

134.6

Kazanorgsintez

487.3

448.5

Stavrolen

232.8

240.7

Nizhnekamskneftekhim

463.1

480.3

Novokuibyshevsk Petrochemical

44.5

43.4

Gazprom n Salavat

241.4

285.9

SIBUR-Kstovo

304.0

278.9

SIBUR-Khimprom

40.2

41.8

Tomskneftekhim

201.9

192.2

Ufaorgsintez

93.2

83.5

Total

2253.9

2229.9

Russian ethylene production, Jan-Sep 2019

Russian ethylene production amounted to 2.254 million tons in the first nine months in 2019 versus 2.230 million tons in the same period in 2018.  Kazanorgsintez produced 487,300 tons in January to September 2019 against 448,500 tons in the same period last year whilst Nizhnekamskneftekhim produced 463,100 tons against 480,300 tons.  Other important producers included SIBUR-Kstovo which produced 304,000 tons versus 278,900 tons and Gazprom neftekhim Salavat which produced 241,400 tons against 285,900 tons. 

Russian Propylene Domestic Sales (unit-kilo tons)

Company

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Angarsk Polymer Plant

56.6

53.7

SIBUR-Kstovo

113.9

88.4

Akrilat

5.5

5.0

LUKoil-NNOS

175.1

158.5

Gazprom neftekhim Salavat

4.6

7.9

SIBUR Tobolsk

0.1

0.3

Total

269.0

255.0

Regarding feedstocks, naphtha still provides the main source of olefin production in Russia which is supplied mostly from refineries either adjacent or close to petrochemical plants.  Tomskneftekhim and Stavrolen both lack refineries and need to purchase merchant naphtha by rail and pipeline.  LPGs provide additional feedstocks for some of the petrochemical producers, although acting as the main raw material for olefin production for SIBUR-Kstovo and Novokuibyshevsk Petrochemical Plant.  A total of 622,590 tons of LPGs were sold on the Russian open market in the first nine months in 2019 of which SIBUR-Kstovo purchased 444,871 tons.  The major LPG suppliers to the merchant market include the Yuzhniy-Balyk Gas Processing Plant in the Tyumen Oblast, the Samara refineries at Novokuibyshevsk and Kuibyshev, and the Lukoil subsidiary Langepasneftegaz in the Khanty-Mansiisk region in West Siberia.

Russian Propylene Production (unit-kilo tons)

Producer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Angarsk Polymer Plant

80.4

79.9

Kazanorgsintez

36.4

29.4

Lukoil-NNOS

223.4

204.6

Stavrolen

94.2

94.8

Nizhnekamskneftekhim

230.5

244.4

Novokuibyshevsk Petrochemical

34.0

31.1

Omsk Kaucuk

34.5

30.4

Polyom

135.2

148.8

Gazprom n Salavat

107.2

123.8

SIBUR Kstovo

131.2

123.4

SIBUR-Khimprom

44.0

47.9

Tomskneftekhim

108.1

102.6

SIBUR Tobolsk

358.3

324.9

Ufaorgsintez

140.2

130.9

Total

1757.4

1716.7

Kazanorgsintez continues to purchase other hydrocarbons to support ethane-based olefin production.  Kazanorgsintez expects to secure 172,000 tons of ethane from the Minnibayevo Gas Processing Plant in Tatarstan in 2019 to support ethane supplies from Orenburg, but still needs to purchase other feedstocks and ethylene monomer to maintain polyethylene production levels.  Propane supplies are purchased by Kazanorgsintez mostly from Uralorgsintez and SIBUR-Novatek at Tobolsk, usually in volumes of 8-10,000 tons per month. 

Russian propylene production, sales & exports, Jan-Sep 2019

Russian propylene production amounted to 1,757 million tons in the first nine months in 2019 against 1.717 million tons in the same period last year.  SIBUR-Tobolsk increased production to 358,300 tons against 324,900 tons in the first nine months in 2018.  Nizhnekamskneftekhim produced 230,500 tons against 244,400 tons whilst Lukoil-NNOS produced 223,400 tons against 204,600 tons.

Russian sales of propylene on the domestic merchant market amounted to 269,000 tons in the first nine months in 2019 against 255,000 tons in the same period in 2018.  Lukoil-NNOS at Kstovo shipped 158.500 tons to the domestic market in the first nine months against 175,100 tons in 2018, SIBUR-Kstovo shipped 113,900 tons to the merchant market against 88,400 tons and Angarsk Polymer Plant reduced shipments from 53,700 tons to 56,600 tons. 

Major Russian Propylene Buyers (unit-kilo tons)

Consumer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Saratovorgsintez

135.4

138.9

SIBUR-Khimprom

6.8

8.8

Omsk-Kaucuk

6.9

10.7

SIBUR Tobolsk

45.4

51.2

Moscow Refinery

13.9

5.1

Russian Propylene Exports (unit-kilo tons)

Producer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Lukoil-NNOS

31.8

47.7

SIBUR-Kstovo

6.1

9.6

Stavrolen

11.8

10.4

Total

49.7

67.6

The largest merchant consumer of propylene in Russia is acrylonitrile producer Saratovorgsintez at Saratov which purchased 135,400 tons in the first nine months against 138,900 tons in the same period in 2018.  The second largest merchant consumer is SIBUR Tobolsk which purchased 96,000 tons in January to September 2019 versus 49,600 tons in the same period in 2018. 

Russian propylene exports amounted to 49,700 tons in the first nine months versus 67,600 tons in the same period in 2018.  Exports were divided between the plants in the Nizhny Novgorod region including Lukoil-NNOS and SIBUR-Kstovo, in addition to Stavrolen in the Stavropol Kray in southern Russia.  The main destinations for Russian propylene exports included Belarus and Poland, although in recent months volumes to Poland have declined due to competition from Karpatneftekhim in Ukraine.

Russian Styrene Production (unit-kilo tons)

Producer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Nizhnekamskneftekhim

208.2

206.2

Angarsk Polymer Plant

24.2

21.4

SIBUR-Khimprom

89.6

91.7

Gazprom n Salavat

126.3

131.5

Plastik, Uzlovaya

34.2

40.0

Total

482.5

490.7

Russian styrene production & sales, Jan-Sep 2019

Russia produced 482,500 tons of styrene in the first nine months in 2019 versus 490,700 tons in the same period in 2018.  Gazprom neftekhim Salavat increased styrene production to 126,300 tons against 131,500 tons, followed by SIBUR-Khimprom at Perm where production produced 89,600 tons against 91,700 tons. 

Russian Styrene Exports (unit-kilo tons)

Producer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Angarsk Polymer Plant

6.8

6.5

Plastik Uzlovaya

0.2

3.6

Gazprom neftekhim Salavat

78.1

64.8

Nizhnekamskneftekhim

4.6

0.0

SIBUR-Khimprom

1.3

5.4

Total

91.0

80.2

Styrene exports from Russia increased to 82,800 tons in the first nine months in 2019 against 81,000 tons in the same period in 2018.  Gazprom neftekhim Salavat shipped 78,100 tons in the first nine months against 64,800 tons, whilst Angarsk Polymer Plant shipped 6,800 tons this year against 6,500 tons. 

The main destination for styrene exported from Salavat is Finland, followed by Norway and Turkey.  The increase in production at Salavat in the first nine months this year enabled a rise in both exports and domestic sales. 

Russian Styrene Domestic Sales (unit-kilo tons)

Producer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Angarsk Polymer Plant

15.8

13.4

Plastik

0.7

9.0

Gazprom n Salavat

32.1

26.2

SIBUR-Khimprom

32.2

28.6

Nizhnekamskneftekhim

2.1

3.8

Total

82.8

81.0

Styrene sales on the Russian domestic merchant market totalled 82,800 tons in January to September 2019 against 81,000 tons in the same period in 2018, with Gazprom neftekhim Salavat increasing shipments from 26,200 tons to 32,100 tons and SIBUR-Khimprom increasing shipments from 28,600 tons to 32,200 tons. 

SIBUR-Khimprom uses styrene for the production of expandable polystyrene.  Main Russian consumers for merchant styrene include rubber producers such as Voronezhsintezkaucuk. 

 

 

Bulk Polymers

Russian HDPE Production

(unit-kilo tons)

Producer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Kazanorgsintez

401.5

395.6

Stavrolen

214.2

222.4

Nizhnekamskneftekhim

0.0

24.0

Gazprom n Salavat

77.0

90.1

Total

692.7

732.1

Russian HDPE production Jan-Sep 2019

Russian HDPE production amounted to 695,200 tons in the first nine months in 2019, against 732,100 tons in the same period in 2018.  The start-up of HDPE production at Budyennovsk took place in late October whilst Kazanorgsintez resumed its HDPE production on 20 October after a scheduled turnaround, having started on 14 September.

Kazanorgsintez increased HDPE production by 1% in January to September 2019 to 692,700 tons, whilst Stavrolen increased by 4% to 214,200 tons.  Gazprom neftekhim Salavat produced 77,000 tons of HDPE in the first nine months 2019 versus 90,100 tons in the same period in 2018. 

Kazanorgsintez polymer revenues, Jan-Sep 2019

Kazanorgsintez increased revenue from sales of LDPE by 6% over the first nine months.  Revenue from sales of polycarbonates decreased by 29%.  The revenue from the sale of HDPE rose 11.6% over the same period in 2018 whilst the share in total company revenues increased from 49.4% to 53.6%.   Kazanorgsintez produced 1,500 tons of metallocene linear polyethylene in the first half of 2019 and aims to produce 5-7,000 tons for the full year.  Competition for metallocene brands is currently driven by SABIC and ExxonMobil.

ZapSibNeftekhim produced ethylene on 17 October and the first polyethylene pellets were released from it.  After the start of production at full capacity, the petrochemical complex will produce 1.5 million tpa.  In spring, a test batch of polyethylene on imported raw materials was produced at ZapSibNeftekhim.

In total, ZapSibNeftekhim has four polymerisation plants for the production of various grades of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) with a total capacity of 190 tons per hour (technology from INEOS).  From Tobolsk polyethylene will be produced pressure pipes, auto parts, blown containers (bottles, cans, barrels, jars for cosmetics and yoghurts), films for food and industrial packaging, cable products.

From 1 September Stavrolen stopped the production of HDPE and polypropylene for scheduled maintenance, which lasted for around 45 days, whilst Kazanorgsintez held a shutdown at its HDPE plant from 14 September to 21 October.  Kazanorgsintez is currently undertaking a reactor modernisation project with equipping it with a recovery system at the plant for the production and processing of HDPE.  The implementation of the project will allow the return 8,760 tons of hydrocarbon gases to the process, rather than sending them to the flare.  The modernisation of one of the three reactors of the plant for the production and processing of HDPE, reactor B, is planned for the period from 2019 to 2022.

Russian polyethylene trade, Jan-Sep 2019

Russian Polypropylene Production

(unit-kilo tons) 

Producer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Ufaorgsintez

96.2

94.7

Stavrolen

81.6

86.3

Moscow NPZ

108.6

99.1

Nizhnekamskneftekhim

161.3

160.5

Polyom

156.7

165.6

Tomskneftekhim

108.8

103.7

SIBUR Tobolsk

346.5

319.5

Total

1059.7

1029.4

Russian polyethylene exports increased 10% to 275,000 tons in the first three quarters in 2019 of which LDPE comprised 155,000 tons and HDPE 110,000 tons.  Polyethylene imports to the Russian market grew by 18% in January-September 2019.   For three quarters, 543,000 tons of polyethylene of various grades from abroad were imported, including 266,900 tons of HDPE which was 47% up.  LDPE imports into Russia for the period January to September 2019 rose 16% to 78,500 tons whilst LLDPE dropped 7% to 127,100 tons.  Imports of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) and other ethylene polymers for the period amounted to 70,600 tons against 74,100 tons in 2018. 

Russian polypropylene production & trade, Jan-Sep 2019

Polypropylene production at Russian plants decreased by 1.3% in the first three quarters in 2019 to 1.06 million tons.  In September, output fell to 85,700 tons against 119,000 tons in August after four out of seven producers stopped for maintenance.  SIBUR-Tobolsk reduced production by 5% in January to September 2019 to 346,500 tons, whilst Polyom at Omsk reduced the production of propylene polymer by 6% to 156,700 tons.  Stavrolen reduced polypropylene production to 81,300 tons against 83,600 tons in the first nine months in 2018 and Nizhnekamskneftekhim produced 161,300 tons of polypropylene, against 160,700 tons.  Stavrolen resumed its polypropylene production at Budyennovsk in mid-October after a long-scheduled turnaround, starting 6 September. Tomskneftekhim produced 108,800 tons of polypropylene, an increase of 5%, whilst Ufaorgsintez increased by 2% to 96,200 tons and NPP Neftekhimya at Moscow increased by 10% to 108,600 tons.

Russian exports of polypropylene totalled 260,000 tons of polypropylene in January to September 2019 against 248,000 tons in the same period last year.   Imports of polypropylene to Russia decreased by 5% in the first three quarters compared to the same period in 2018 and amounted to 137.200 tons from 144,700 tons.  Polypropylene homo imports amounted to 43,200 tons in January to September against 51,800 tons in 2018, whilst imports of block copolymers to Russia amounted to 43,200 tons against 36,000 tons.  Propylene copolymer imports amounted to 23.900 tons against 26,900 tons and imports of propylene polymers amounted to 27,000 tons against 30,000 tons in 2018. 

Russian PVC production & trade, Jan-Sep 2019

Russian PVC production increased by 6% in January-September 2019 to 720,600 tons compared to 700,000 tons.  RusVinyl produced 257,100 tons, which is 7% more than in 2018, Sayanskkhimplast produced 213,200 tons against 197,000 tons and Bashkir Soda company produced 192,400 tons against 190,000 tons for the same period in 2018.  Kaustik at Volgograd reduced production to 57,900 tons against 69,700 tons in January to September 2018.  Exports of suspension PVC into Russia totalled about 142,100 tons in the first nine months of 2019 compared to 96,200 tons, up by 48%.

Paraxylene-PTA-PET

Russian Paraxylene Domestic Sales

(unit-kilo tons)

Producer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Gazprom Neft

0.0

44.6

Ufaneftekhim

70.3

89.1

Kinef, Kirishi

0.0

0.0

Total

70.3

133.7

Russian paraxylene domestic sales, Jan-Sep 2019

Paraxylene sales on the Russian market dropped to 70,300 tons in the first three quarters in 2019 against 133,700 tons in the same period in 2018.  Ufaneftekhim reduced sales from 89,100 tons to 70,300 tons whilst Gazprom Neft did not ship any paraxylene in the first three quarters in 2019 against 44,600 tons in the same period in 2018.  SIBUR’s paraxylene purchases from Russian refineries amounted to 176,386 tons in 2018 against 177,061 tons in 2017. 

Russian paraxylene exports, Jan-Sep 2019

Russian oil refineries increased the export of paraxylene by 17,800 tons over the three quarters 2019 to 146,400 tons.  Gazprom Neft, the largest exporter of paraxylene, increased shipments to foreign markets by 14,900 tons to 90,700 tons.  Ufaneftekhim increased export deliveries by 4,500 tons to 12,900 tons.  The Kirishi oil refinery exported 42,800 tons of paraxylene in the first three quarters, which is 1,600 tons less than a year earlier.  The bulk of exports went to the Finnish port of Kotka, where paraxylene was loaded onto the Oiltanking terminal.

Following the process of modernisation Polief is increasing the consumption of Russian paraxylene by roughly 4,200 tons per month in the fourth quarter, to around 19,500 tons per month or in total to 230-235,000 tpa).  PTA capacity has been increased by 78,000 tpa to a total of 350,000 tpa.  The modernisation and expansion at Blagoveshchensk started on 6 February 2019 and the process was completed in June 2019.  During the third quarter, the installation was gradually revived and is soon expected to reach its design capacity.

Russian PTA Imports (unit-kilo tons)

Country

Jan-Aug 19

Jan-Aug 18

Belgium

17.9

1.6

India

1.0

5.7

China

199.8

90.8

South Korea

48.0

49.3

Poland

3.0

0.0

Turkey

2.0

0.0

Thailand

3.0

15.0

Total

274.7

162.3

Russian PTA imports, Jan-Aug 2019

PTA imports into Russia totalled 274,700 tons in the first eight months in 2019 against 162,300 tons in the same period in 2018.  China increased shipments to Russia to 199,800 tons in January to August 2019 against 90,800 tons in the same period last year whilst South Korea reduced deliveries from 49,300 tons to 48,000 tons. 

Thailand supplied 2,970 tons of PTA to Russia in January-August 2019 versus 15,000 tons in the same period in 2018, although most of the shipments from this year were delivered in the first quarter.

Russian PTA Imports (unit-kilo tons)

Location

Jan-Aug 19

Jan-Aug 18

Kaliningrad

179.3

116.3

Moscow

42.9

46.3

Others

49.9

0.0

Total

273.2

162.6

     

Russian PTA Imports ($ million)

Location

Jan-Aug 19

Jan-Aug 18

Kaliningrad

157.3

92.0

Moscow

37.7

36.6

Others

51.1

0.0

Total

246.1

128.6

The cost of imported PTA in the first eight months in 2019 amounted to $246.1 million against $128.6 million in the same period last year.  Ekopet at Kaliningrad accounted for 67.4% of imports ($157.3 million in value) in January to August 2019 against 71.4% in 2018.   

Ekopet at Kaliningrad (formerly Alko-Naphtha)

Ekopet at Kaliningrad (formerly Alko-Naphtha) plans to stop PET production for extended maintenance in January 2020.  At present the plant is running at 100% of capacity, and in August this year started supplying PET to North America. 

Alka-Naphtha was officially renamed Ekopet in 2017 although the former name is still used occasionally.  The capacity of the PET plant at Kaliningrad is 220,000 tpa, starting production in 2011, and the plant is the major buyer of imported PTA into Russia.

In the first eight months this year Ekopet imported 179,300 tons of PTA against 116,300 tons in the same period last year, whilst the other major importer Senezh imported 42,900 tons against 46,300 tons in January to September 2018.  Senezh is located in the Moscow area and stopped the production of PET for scheduled repairs in October.  Senezh is part of the Europlast group and has a capacity of 100,000 tpa

Completed repairs on PTA plant at Polief

SIBUR's PTA & PET Production (unit-kilo tons)

Product

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Paraxylene Purchases

66.5

129.7

PTA Production

85.0

201.9

PTA Domestic Sales

3.1

3.9

PTA Exports

0.2

3.1

PET Production

200.3

218.7

PET Domestic Sales

201.0

225.6

PET Exports

3.4

0.7

SIBUR reduced purchases of paraxylene in the first three quarters to 66,500 tons against 129,700 tons in the same period in 2018.  PTA production at Blagoveshchensk dropped from 201,900 tons in January to September 2018 to 85,045 tons in 2019, having been reduced in order to allow the modernisation and expansion.  This has consisted of an increase of capacity of PTA from 272,000 tpa to 350,000 tpa.  The Blagoveshchensk plant produced 269,000 tons of PTA in 2018.

The PTA expansion will ensure full load of the new installation for the production of eco-friendly plasticizer DOTP, which SIBUR launched in the spring of this year in Perm.  The expanded PTA plant will produce 100,000 tpa of PTA more than SIBUR’s two PET plants need.  Therefore, part of the raw materials (about 40,000 tpa) will be directed to the Perm production of DOTP plasticizer.  SIBUR plans to sell the remaining 60,000 tpa of PTA to the local market or supply, for example, to Belarus.  

As part of the project, which started in 2017, over 150 units of the main technological equipment, as well as most of the auxiliary equipment, were updated.  The volume of consumption of PTA in the Russian market is estimated at 500,000 tpa.

Aromatics

Russian Benzene Production (unit-kilo tons)

Producer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Rosneft

100.9

110.7

Gazprom Neft

54.1

81.9

Lukoil

73.0

86.7

Magnitogorsk MK

38.4

42.6

Nizhnekamskneftekhim

204.4

175.5

Novolipetsk MK

4.7

6.1

Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat

133.6

131.2

Kirishinefteorgsintez

57.0

49.2

Slavneft

43.7

55.0

Severstal

30.2

27.8

Bashneft

52.9

70.4

Ural Steel

7.8

6.6

Uralorgsintez

64.3

68.3

Zapsib

56.5

54.0

SIBUR

60.9

57.1

Total

982.3

1023.0

Russian benzene production-sales, Jan-Sep 2019

Russian benzene production totalled 982,300 tons in January to September 2019, of which the largest producer was Nizhnekamskneftekhim producing 170,000 tons versus 136,100 tons in the same period in 2018.  At the end of last year, Nizhnekamskneftekhim increased the production capacity of benzene to 265,000 tpa. 

Rosneft’s three plants at Angarsk, Novokuibyshevsk and Ryazan produced a combined total of 100,900 tons against 110,700 tons.  Gazprom Neft at Omsk reduced benzene production from 81,900 tons to 54,100 tons. 

Regarding plant operations Gazprom neftekhim Salavat’s restarted production in the middle of October after a ten-day outage at its reforming plant.  This enabled the Salavat plant to increase spot sales of benzene from 2,000 tons to 4,000 tons.  However, supply in October was affected overall by outages and restarts.  The Omsk refinery was down for a 40 day stoppage which started in September whilst other stoppages were undertaken by Stavrolen, SIBUR-Kstovo and Kirishinefteorgsintez. 

In October, a decrease in the production of coal benzene also took place at Severstal for five days and the West Siberian MK plant for about 10 days.  On the plus side for supply availability, the Novolipetsk Metallurgical Plant resumed production of benzene for nitration in October.  The first batches of aromatic raw materials of 64 tons were shipped on 13 October to Promsintez.  The last time benzol for nitration was shipped from the Novolipetsk plant in April 2019.

Benzene sales on the Russian domestic merchant market amounted to 578,500 tons in the first nine months in 2019 against 605,600 tons in January to September 2018.  Kuibyshevazot remains the largest merchant buyer, purchasing 135,400 tons in the first nine months in 2019 against 151,500 tons in the same period last year.  Azot at Kemerovo bought 91,300 tons in the first nine months versus 99,100 tons in 2018, whilst Shchekinoazot purchased 48,700 tons against 54,700 tons.  For the production of cumene Kazanorgsintez purchased 46,000 tons of benzene in January to September 2019. 

Russian Benzene Consumers (unit-kilo tons)

Consumer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Kuibyshevazot

135.4

151.5

Azot Kemerovo

91.3

99.1

Shchekinoazot

48.7

54.7

Kazanorgsintez

46.0

50.3

Omsk Kaucuk

12.9

14.5

Nizhnekamskneftekhim

1.5

28.9

Samarorgsintez

38.8

25.2

Zapsib

48.5

39.5

SIBUR-Khimprom

74.3

46.7

Ufaorgsintez

18.8

2.6

Uralorgsintez

57.8

48.4

Others

4.5

44.2

Total

578.5

605.6

Factors explaining the fall in lower merchant benzene purchases this year include lower production of caprolactam, combined with the loss of Nizhnekamskneftekhim to the market following an increase in the company’s own production. 

Russian benzene trade, Jan-Sep 2019

Russian exports of benzene totalled 67,300 tons in January to September 2019 against 54,300 tons in the same period in 2018.  Kirishinefteorgsintez increased exports to 19,500 tons against 13,200 tons, whilst the Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Plant reduced shipments from 12,700 tons to 9,700 tons.  In the first nine months in 2019 Russian imports of benzene increased to 49,000 tons.  The product was shipped from Karpatneftekhim in Ukraine (26,700 tons), Atyrau oil refinery in Kazakhstan (16,900 tons) and Kremenchug oil refinery in Ukraine (2,000 tons).  The number of suppliers has also increased this year to include the Belarusian refinery Mozyr. 

Russian Benzene Exports (unit-kilo tons)

Producer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Altay-Koks

0.7

4.7

Chelyabinsk MK

1.4

1.2

Gazprom Neft

0.0

1.6

Gazprom neftekhim Salavat

0.7

3.7

Koks

5.0

3.8

Magnitogorsk MK

9.7

12.7

Moskoks

6.7

4.9

Nizhniy Tagil

3.4

0.0

Novolipetsk MK

10.0

1.3

Kirishinefteorgsintez

19.5

13.2

SIBUR-Kstovo

2.0

1.4

Severstal

1.4

0.0

Ufaneftekhim

1.1

0.0

Uralorgsintez

0.6

0.0

Ural Steel

5.3

5.7

Total

67.3

54.3

The largest recipient of imported benzene in Russia is Kuibyshevazot.  For nine months of 2019, the company purchased 16,900 tons from the Atyrau refinery although deliveries over August and September were affected by technical difficulties at the Kazakh plant.  In Ukraine, only coal-tar benzene was shipped from Ukraine to the Russian market in 2018 for the synthesis of Zaporozhkoks. However, this year no shipments have been made from Zaporozhkoks due to Russian sanctions against Ukraine.

Russian caprolactam production, Jan-Sep 2019

Russian Caprolactam Production (unit-kilo tons)

Producer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Kuibyshevazot

156.8

161.1

Shchekinoazot

45.4

40.8

SDS Azot

81.6

95.0

Total

283.8

296.9

The three Russian caprolactam producers remain the largest domestic merchant consumers of benzene, followed by styrene and phenol producers.  Russian caprolactam production amounted to 220,200 tons in January to September 2019 against 236,100 tons in January to September 2018.  Kuibyshevazot reduced production from 161,100 tons to 156,800 tons whilst SDS Azot at Kemerovo dropped to 95,000 tons from 61,600 tons.

Kuibyshevazot Jan-Sep 2019

Kuibyshevazot achieved revenue of 40.8 billion roubles in the first three quarters in 2019, down 2% as was net profit which amounted to 3.62 billion roubles. The decline in financial indicators is due to changes in market conditions and rising energy prices.  Kuibyshevazot is currently undertaking a project in conjunction with the Maire Tecnimont Group on the construction of a new urea unit. 

Kuibyshevazot-Production (unit-kilo tons)

Product

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Polyamide-6

111

113.6

High Tenacity Tech Yarns

3.8

3.9

Tyre Cord Fabric

2.5

2.7

Caprolactam

156.8

161.6

Ammonia

800.1

847.0

Urea

273.6

271.6

Ammonium Nitrate

491.1

463.3

Ammonium Sulphate

391.5

408.8

An integrated approach to the modernisation and reconstruction of existing industries by Kuibyshevazot allows the company to reduce the consumption of energy and raw materials.   In the first nine months of the current year, the specific consumption per ton of production was reduced including natural gas by 0.7%; benzene by 2.4%, hydrogen by 1%; caustic soda by 3.7%; and heat energy by 6.7%.

Russian orthoxylene market, Jan-Sep 2019

Russian Orthoxylene Domestic Sales

(unit-kilo tons)

Company

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Gazprom Neft

73.3

57.7

Ufaneftekhim

20.8

22.4

Kinef, Kirishi

9.0

27.1

Total

103.2

107.2

Orthoxylene sales on the Russian domestic market amounted to 102,200 tons in January to September 2019 against 107,200 tons in same period last year.  Kamteks-Khimprom remains the largest buyer in Russia, purchasing 58,200 tons in the period January to September 2019 against 58,700 tons in the same period in 2018.  Gazprom neftekhim Salavat increased purchases from 7,800 tons to 8,700 tons whilst other buyers were much smaller, taking volumes of several hundred tons.  

Some of the applications are fairly wide-ranging, including fuel and paints.  The main outlet for orthoxylene thus remains phthalic anhydride where production in Russia totalled 75,700 tons in the first nine months in 2019 versus 70,300 tons in the same period last year. 

in January-September 2019, export deliveries of orthoxylene from Russia more than halved to 45,600 tons.  The bulk of the orthoxylene was sent to the Finnish port of Kotka for further transhipment at the Oiltanking complex. Shipments in this direction decreased by 36,400 tons to 33,700 tons.  The product was exported by the Kirishi oil refinery in the amount of 21,000 tons, Ufaneftekhim (7,400 tons) and the Omsk oil refinery (5,300 tons).

Orthoxylene export to Belarus fell by nine by 7,600 tons to 11,400 tons. The main recipient of the product is Lida's Lakokraska, which uses orthoxylene for the production of phthalic anhydride. The company reduced the volume of purchases by 7,700 tons to 11,100 tons.

Toluene sales on the domestic market totalled 106,500 tons in the first nine months in 2019 against 116,200 tons in the same period last year.  The largest supplier to the domestic market was Gazprom Neft at the Omsk refinery which shipped 37,700 tons against 52,900 tons in the same period in 2018.  Kirishinefteorgsintez shipped 27,800 tons of toluene to the domestic market for the first three quarters against 25,000 tons in January to September 2019.

Russian Phenol Production (unit-kilo tons)

Producer

Jan-Sep 19

Jan-Sep 18

Ufaorgsintez

57.1

43.6

Kazanorgsintez

52.1

51.1

Novokuibyshevsk Petrochemical

55.6

47.7

Total

164.9

142.4

Russian phenol market, Jan-Sep 2019

Russian phenol production rose in the first nine months in 2018 from 142,400 tons in 2018 to 164,900 tons in the same period in 2019.  Novokuibyshevsk Petrochemical increased production from 47,700 tons to 55,600 tons whilst Ufaorgsintez increased production from 43,600 tons to 57,100 tons.  Kazanorgsintez produced 52,100 tons versus 51,100 tons. 

Sales of phenol on the Russian domestic market rose in the first nine months from 84,800 tons to 96,100 tons.  The two largest suppliers were Novokuibyshevsk Petrochemical and Ufaorgsintez. The largest consumers are focused on the production of resins.

Omsk Kaucuk to launch phenol and acetone production before the end of 2019

Russian phenol exports, JanSep 2019

Phenol exports totalled 15,200 tons in the first eight months in 2019, considerably up from 2018.  Belarus took 34.4% of deliveries, followed by Poland with 20.7% and the Netherlands 16.5%.  Cumene exports totalled 31,000 tons in the first eight months against 19,200 tons in the same period in 2018.  August shipments totalled 7,400 tons for a total cost of $5.7 million, of which 2,960 tons came from Omsk and 4,410 tons came from Novokuibyshevsk. 

The production of phenol and acetone at Omsk Kaucuk, part of the Titan Group of Companies, will be launched in the next few weeks.  The old plant stopped production in March 2014 after a serious fire and has been completely revamped and upgraded, enabling a four-fold reduction in the environmental impact from plant operations. 

The updated facilities have increased the production capacity of phenol up to 90,000 tpa and acetone up to 55,800 tpa.  Both products are available at 99.5% purity.  Commissioning of the plant at Omsk has been put back on several occasions but is now in the final stages before launch. 

The phenol and acetone plant represent the first stage of investment for Omsk Kaucuk’s strategic programme.  The second stage consists of the processing of acetone into isopropanol, with a plant capacity of 30,000 tpa which is being financed through a soft loan combined with the company’s own funds.  This plant is not expected to be operational until 2023.  The third phase of programme for Omsk Kaucuk comprises the construction of a plant for bisphenol A with a capacity of 118,000 tpa.  The last stage, planned for 2025, focuses on the construction of a new plant for epichlorohydrin. 

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Nizhnekamskneftekhim Rubber Exports 2019                  
Ktons Jan Feb  Mar Apr May Jun Jul  Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec  Total
Isoprene Rubber 22 19.5 18.5 16 13.8 20.2 14.8 14.2 12.9 0 0 0 151.9
Butyl Rubber 5.63 6 5.56 6.66 4.53 3.83 6.34 5.92 6.3 0 0 0 50.77
Halogenated butyl rubber 13.5 11.2 12.8 10.6 9.6 9.93 13 12.6 10.6 0 0 0 103.83
Polybutadiene 15.1 15 16.9 13.7 15.5 13.2 10.7 16 13.4 0 0 0 129.5
Others 0.07 0 0.04 0.04 0.07 0.14 0.06 0 0.1 0 0 0 0.52
Total 56.3 51.7 53.8 47 43.5 47.3 44.9 48.72 43.3 0 0 0 436.52
                           
$ million Jan Feb  Mar Apr May Jun Jul  Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec  Total
Isoprene Rubber 28.9 25.6 24.5 21 18.7 27.2 22.3 21.2 19.2 0 0 0 208.6
Butyl Rubber 8.4 8.9 8.8 11.1 7.4 6.6 10.5 9.2 9.2 0 0 0 80.1
Halogenated butyl rubber 32.5 26.3 31.4 23.9 22.2 23.1 31.2 29.6 24.5 0 0 0 244.7
Polybutadiene 24.8 24 31.8 20.6 22.9 19.7 15.7 23.5 19.5 0 0 0 202.5
Others 0.1 0.1 0 0.8 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0 0 0 0 1.7
Total 94.7 84.9 96.5 77.4 71.4 76.8 79.9 83.6 72.4 0 0 0 737.6
 
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