After commissioning the ZapSibNeftekhim plant, the demand for LLDPE and HDPE in Russia should grow by 10% by 2020 – up to 1,538 thousand tons. At the same time, the export supplies of these PE families will increase 8 times – from 150,000 to 1,200 thousand. t per year. Only those brands that are not planned to be produced now will be imported into Russia.
At the same time, the surplus in the Russian polypropylene (PP) market will increase by 2 times – up to 600 thousand tons, and demand should grow by 31.4% – up to 1,594 thousand tons. At the same time, the growth of export shipments of PP can be threefold and reach million tons. This forecast was made by Marat Kurbanov, deputy head of the sales department for polyolefins at Nizhnekamskneftekhim at the 16th International Conference “Polyethylene. Polypropylene – 2019 “. The organizer was INVENTRA (part of the CREON group, www.creonenergy.ru).
Earlier, Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNH) announced plans to fully switch to the production of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) from 2020 with further development of export markets.
In order to expand the brand assortment of LLDPE, the plant develops a brand for geosynthetic materials with a PTR <1. It is planned to expand the production of LLDPE for blowing and lamination (MFR 1, MFR 2), as well as to increase the share of polyethylene for rotational molding.
According to the plant representative, Nizhnekamskneftekhim will continue to develop the polyethylene market for the insulation of steel pipes. The plans also – a constant operating time of polyethylene for cable sheathing. The company intends to use alternative catalysts and components of the catalytic complex in order to improve the physical and mechanical properties.
In 2019, Nizhnekamskneftekhim plans to sell 10 thousand tons of a new grade of PE6146KM polyethylene composition for isolating gas and oil pipelines.
In the same year, the plant plans to master the production of copolymers of propylene with butene and ternary copolymers, as well as the development of new injection molding polypropylene grades with improved physicomechanical properties, namely, with increased impact strength while maintaining the elastic modulus.