Russia’s biggest petrochemical complex has been slowly reaching its full capacity. The precommissioning works at the main sites have been completed, and ZapSibNeftekhim has already produced 374 thousand tons of polymers during Q1 of 2020.
In 3 months, the Tobolsk-based enterprise has produced 115 thousand tons of polypropylene and 259 thousand tons of polyethylene. The demand for these materials has significantly increased during the coronavirus pandemic due to their wide application in the production of medical goods and packaging solutions, both of which play a significant role in safety and hygiene. The Tobolsk-made polypropylene is used to make non-woven masks and protective hazmat suits for medical workers, while polyethylene is used for packaging.
“The significance of SIBUR's Tobolsk enterprises for the economy of the Tyumen Region and Russia as a whole cannot be overestimated,” says Governor Aleksandr Moor. “ZapSibNeftekhim has become the largest investment project of the region in recent years. This project has even been implemented somewhat ahead of schedule and is already in the production phase. Being our reliable partner in the further use of the Tobolsk industrial site capacities, SIBUR is not only developing its production capacities while focusing on ecological issues, but also creates jobs and participates in the social and economic development of Tobolsk.”
It is expected that the new petrochemical complex in Tobolsk will reach its full capacity in the second half of the current year. The enterprise plans to produce 500 thousand tons of polypropylene and 1.5 million tons of polyethylene per year. ZapSibNeftekhim’s production volumes will allow tripling SIBUR's polyolefin production capacity, converting about 3 million tons of hydrocarbons into products with higher added value and a high export potential.
“As we reach our design capacity, we expect to be able to replace up to 95% of basic polymer imports,” said Igor Klimov, member of the Management Board of SIBUR, CEO of ZapSibNeftekhim and SIBUR Tobolsk. “The implementation of such a large-scale project will make Russia one of the 10 TOP world producers of base polymers. We will move from 12th to 8th place in terms of polypropylene production and from 14th to 9th place in terms of polyethylene production. With the help of ZapSibNeftekhim and other projects of the company in the field of polymer production we have laid a foundation which will allow processers to have accessible volumes of domestic polymers for years to come."Source: SIBUR Tobolsk's Corporate Communications Department.