Russian polymer producer adds third reactor at Omsk PP plant

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A leading Russian polypropylene manufacturer is expanding the production output with a newly installed line added at its polymer plant in Omsk, southern Siberia.

LLC Poliom, the Titan Group joint venture with the Sibur and Gazprom Neft partnership Sibgazpolimer, put in operation a third plant reactor at the site early last month (Dec 2017).

The gas-cycle reactor, part of the plant’s polymerization unit complex, was added with the aim of increasing Poliom’s “saleable product output”, the company said.  The unit is intended for copolymer manufacture.

Company engineers have been stabilising the reactor operation and have tested the output of a number of products, including three special PP grades. Poliom reported the resulting polymers, produced with the new technology, complied with the required standards.

Earlier, specialists from the project’s company licensor LyondellBasell and other contractors were on hand to assist in achieving the required equipment performance during commissioning. Poliom has already shipped the first PP production batches from the new reactor to plastics processors.

The Omsk plant has an annual production capacity of 210,000tpa of polypropylene and offers a range of 98 separate grades including homo polymer, block copolymer and statistical copolymer.

Poliom also operates a propane propylene fraction processing plant with a 250,000tp capacity supplying feedstock for the PP facility. The overall site employs more than 400.

In 2017, the company saw its PP production in the first half of the year increase to 107,000 tonnes, 4% above the figure recorded in the same period of 2016.

Poliom exports a major part of its PP output, supplying customers across  20 countries around Europe and beyond.  It serves markets in Germany, Greece, Italy, the Baltic states, Turkey, Israel, China and India, apart from supplying product to six of eight Russian federal duistricts.

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