Russia’s Sibur has started construction work for a new 100 kilotonne per annum (ktpa) facility in Perm, Russia, for the production of dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP), a general-purpose plasticiser.
The project is carried out in cooperation with the Perm territory government as part of a special eight-year investment contract that brings additional investments to the region and creates high-productivity and high-tech jobs.
Production at the plant is slated to begin in 2019.
As part of the project, the Sibur has signed a licence agreement with Aekyung Petrochemical, South Korea.
Additionally, Russian research centre for facility design, procurement and logistics, NIPIgaspererabotka, was selected as the general designer to develop the design and engineering solutions.
DOTP is a key component in floor and roof coatings, wallpaper, cable compounds and other construction products, ensuring higher strength, wear and cold resistance.
As a phthalate-free plasticiser, DOTP meets the highest environmental requirements.
According to Sibur, the Russian market of for? common plasticisers faces a shortage of about 60 ktpa, which is imported from Europe.
The Perm-based project, said the Russian company, will substitute “a major part” of alternative product imports and enable plasticiser supplies to export markets.
The facility’s products, according to Sibur COO Mikhail Karisalov, will be “advanced solutions” that meet European standards.