Russia: Engineering Sibur Commences Work to Build Maleic Anhydride Production Facility
With a capacity of 45 ktpa, the new facility is expected to monetise Sibur’s own feedstock, enhance the hydrocarbon processing rate in the country and also export its Man to Western as well as Eastern Europe.
Tobolsk/Russia – Sibur has recently launched the construction of a maleic anhydride (Man) production facility at Tobolsk. Maleic anhydride is used in the construction, agriculture, automotive, paint and varnish, furniture, pharmaceutical and other industries. It serves as feedstock for films, synthetic fibres, pharmaceuticals, detergents, fuel components and oils. Man improves the durability of end products, enhances their waterproof properties, resistance to temperature stress and mechanical impacts.
With a planned capacity of 45 ktpa, the facility is scheduled to go online in 2021, bringing new high-tech jobs to the market.
Man is currently not produced in Russia and the domestic demand is covered by imports. Launching the high-margin Man will enable the company to monetise its own feedstock (butane), improve the hydrocarbon processing rate in Russia, fully substitute Man imports, and start Man exports to Western as well as Eastern Europe and Turkey. In addition, a state-of-the-art Russian Man production facility will provide new development opportunities for many domestic industries. As part of the Tobolsk production site, the new facility will enjoy ease of access to its infrastructure and feedstock flows, gaining more competitive power.
Sibur has engaged Nipigaspererabotka, a leading Russian centre for facility design, supply, logistics and construction, to develop the project engineering solutions. Russian contractors, including those based in the Tyumen Region, will be selected for construction and installation.