In the pyrolysis shop of the largest petrochemical plant in Ukraine – Karpatneftekhim (Kalush, Ivano-Frankivsk region), a fire occurred on June 6, according to the publication Misto.
According to the Civil Protection Department of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration, the fire occurred in the pyrolysis shop of ethylene and polyethylene production Karpatneftekhim.
Damage is established, the technological process in the production did not stop.
Earlier it was reported that the Ukrainian manufacturer launched the production of HDPE by March 23rd. The stoppage of production of polyethylene (PE) was forced and took place in early January due to the high cost of raw materials at low prices for PE.
In addition, in February Karpatneftekhim LLC initiated a special investigation into the import of polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride into Ukraine. As a result, Ukraine introduced an 18% duty on imports of polyethylene (PE) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), regardless of the country of origin and export.
In 2019, the total production of HDPE at Karpatneftekhim exceeded 93 thousand tons, which is 4% more than a year earlier.
Karpatneftekhim is one of the largest enterprises in the petrochemical complex of Ukraine. Currently, the company is capable of annually producing 300 thousand tons of polyvinyl chloride, 200 thousand tons of caustic soda, about 180 thousand tons of chlorine, as well as 250 thousand tons of ethylene and 100 thousand tons of polyethylene.