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Sibur begins construction on Russia’s first maleic anhydride plant

By Mary Page Bailey |

Sibur (Moscow; www.sibur.com)  has launched the construction of a maleic anhydride (MAN) production facility at Sibur’s Tobolsk production facility. Maleic anhydride is used in the construction, agriculture, automotive, paint and varnish, furniture, pharmaceutical and other industries. It serves as feedstock for films, synthetic fibers, 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 is 45,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr), 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 domestic demand is covered by imports. Launching the high-margin MAN will enable SIBUR to monetize its own feedstock (butane), improve the hydrocarbon processing rate in Russia, fully substitute MAN imports, and start MAN exports to Western and 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.

MAN Project Manager Vladimir Mishin commented: “We chose CONSER as the licensor for the project thanks to its cutting-edge MAN production technology. State-of-the-art technology and unique equipment prevent negative impact on the environment. The secured approval of the design documents by the state expert review board and the results of the public discussions confirm that the project fully complies with environmental laws and regulations.”

SIBUR has engaged NIPIgaspererabotka, a leading Russian center 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.

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