1. Polief PET capacity expanded

    29 April, 2014

    Polief, part of Sibur, has completed a project called to expand its capacity to produce polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and is now able to turn out 210 instead of 140 thousand tonnes of the product each year.

    The output expansion efforts included reconstruction of the existing PET facilities as well as the construction of a new production line. The aims of the project were to set up facilities able to process the company’s own output of terephthalic acid (TPA) and to substitute foreign sources of PET in certain segments of the Russian PET market. The project has been placed on Bashkortostan Republic’s list of priority projects.

    The Russian market has consumed 580 thousand tonnes of PET in 2013, producing 405 thousand tonnes. The gap was filled by imported product. Russia’s per capita use of PET is 4.1 kg, while in Western Europe it is 6.6 kg, in the USA, 9.5 kg. The added capacity at Polief will serve to ease the Russian market’s reliance on shipments from abroad. The project has increased the overall PET production capacity of Sibur, the parent company, by a third to 285 thousand tonnes per year.

    The modernized PET facilities, along with the new production line, have been put through a series of performance guarantee tests which were attended by representatives of the technology licensors, BIO CHEMTEX of Italy and UOP of Belgium. The investment cost of the project has amounted to RUB 1.9 bn.

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