After the complex reaches its full capacity, exports of polypropylene can be up to 300 thousand tons per year, polyethylene – up to 900 thousand tons per year.
However, the exact export figures will depend on the needs of the Russian market.
“For example, the start-up of polypropylene production at the Tobolsk enterprise of SIBUR in 2013 stimulated a visible increase in domestic demand,” the press service noted, stressing that the capacities of ZapSibNeftekhim will allow Russia to meet the demand for polyolefins.
The launch of Sibur’s ZapSibNeftekhim complex in Tobolsk is scheduled for 2019. The project involves the construction of a pyrolysis unit with a capacity of 1.5 million tons per year of ethylene, 500 thousand tons of propylene and 100 thousand tons of butane-butylene fraction per year, as well as various grades of polyethylene with an aggregate capacity of 1.5 million tons per year and installations for the production of polypropylene at 500 thousand tons per year.
The launch of the new complex will require the involvement in the processing of a larger amount of LPG, so we will gradually reduce external sales of this product by about 3 million tons per year,” the press service said.
June 28, 2019