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Sibur Opens Russian Polymer Complex

by Alexander H. Tullo
October 21, 2013 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 91, ISSUE 42

Russian President Vladimir Putin was on hand last week to open Sibur’s massive polypropylene complex in Tobolsk, Russia. The new facility features a propane dehydrogenation plant with 510,000 metric tons per year of propylene capacity and a similar-sized polypropylene plant. Sibur claims the complex, which cost about $1.9 billion to build, is more efficient than 90% of the world’s polypropylene plants. Russian production of polypropylene was about 660,000 metric tons in 2012, according to Sibur, compared with demand of 880,000 metric tons.

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