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09-24-2014

RusVinyl Inaugurates PVC Facility in Kstovo, Russia

Last week, the RusVinyl polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production facility in Kstovo (Nizhny Novgorod Region), ranking among Russia’s largest petrochemical investment projects, was inaugurated. RusVinyl is a joint venture between SIBUR, Russia's leading gas processing and petrochemical company, and SolVin, and one of the largest PVC producers in Russia with an annual production capacity of 330 kt of PVC and 225 kt of caustic soda.

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, attended the grand opening ceremony in Kstovo (figure: RusVinyl)

The new facility will benefit from the nearby supply of ethylene, a key raw material for PVC, from SIBUR-Kstovo's steam cracker, expanded to 360 kt especially for RusVinyl. Salt, the other feedstock for PVC production, will be provided from Belarus and from the Astrakhan Region of Russia. Leonid Mikhelson, Chairman of SIBUR's Board of Directors, said “SIBUR has increased its production capacity of ethylene in Kstovo, which guarantees the supply of the raw material to the new PVC complex. This has ensured the creation of a new, competitive and cutting edge industrial facility. The best global practices and technologies have been introduced to the Russian market due to the realisation of the latest large scale investment project. The new petrochemical facility will beneficially impact Russia’s economic development by meeting the challenge of import substitution.”

This greenfield project, with an investment exceeding RUB 60 bn (EUR 1.4 bn), entirely complies with Russia's strictest environmental regulations. Thanks to cutting-edge vinyl technology, fully automated production and state-of-the-art equipment, the facility's environmental footprint is marginal. Each section of the facility has multi-tier safety systems. An advanced membrane method prevents hazardous substances from being formed during electrolysis. Finally, RusVinyl uses a patented technology that makes electrolysis completely waste-free.

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