Gazprom's GNS launches biggest Russian acrylic acid plant in Bashkortostan

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Gazprom executives and Bashkortostan PM Rustem Mardanov start plant

Petrochemicals company Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat (GNS) has launched commercial production of Russia’s biggest acrylic acid and acrylates plant in the south western semi-autonomous republic of Bashkortostan.

Located at GNS’s Salavat industrial complex, the new facility will produce up to 80,000tpa of crude acrylic acid from propylene feedstock.

In addition, the unit is set to turn out up to 35,000tpa of glacial acrylic acid along with 80,000tpa of butyl acrylate, used in the manufacture of plastics, coatings, paints, household goods and medical products.

The plant, which is creating around 340 new jobs, was formally opened recently at a ceremony attended by Bashkortostan’s prime minister Rustem Mardanov and Valery Golubev, deputy board chairman of the GNS parent company Gazprom energy group.

Mardanov noted at the opening that the acrylic acid facility is a serious step towards Russia’s current programme of import substitution. This is why the project was included in the list of priority investments in Bashkortostan with significant state support.

“This state-of-the-art production is characterized by safe process management, sustainable operation, environmental protection from adverse effects, a closed loop system, low power consumption and high quality of products,” stressed Gazprom’s Golubev.

Last month (Nov), GNS reached an agreement with authorities including the federal government’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology and the Bashkortostan government to safeguard the Salavat site environment.

This provides for construction of a €61.4m unit for purification of sulphide-alkaline waste water from the monomer plant and GNS refinery. In addition, almost €110m has been earmarked for reconstruction of treatment facilities at the main GNS site.

Gazprom’s acrylic acid project is part of a wider €700m GNS expansion programme up to 2020. Other proposed investment includes increasing ethylene and propylene capacity to 380,000tpa along with building a new 120,000tpa PE plant.

The Salavat complex is one of the largest oil refining and petrochemical sites in Russia with a complete cycle of crude hydrocarbons processing. Products include diesel fuel, gasoline, liquefied gases, butyl alcohols, plasticisers, polyethylene and polystyrene.

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