Sibur to close outdated Russian chlorine production facility


Russian petrochemical company Sibur will gradually shutdown its chlorine production at the former Kaprolaktam factory, Russia, due to worn-out and outdated production lines.

"RusVinyl's plant, currently under construction in Kstovo, will manufacture polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the key product of the shutdown lines."

The economic liability and accident prone operational nature of the plant also contributed to the decision to close the plant.

RusVinyl's plant, which is currently under construction in Kstovo, will manufacture polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the key product of the shutdown lines.

The process, which started in 2012, will continue until the middle of 2013, allowing for the safest possible shutdown.

The closure measures will be carried out in cooperation with the authorities of the Nizhny Novgorod region and city of Dzerzhinsk under the supervision of the Rostekhnadzor (Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision) regional office.

As part of the environmental considerations, Sibur is also planning a few other closure measures at the facility.

The proposed Oka-Polymer industrial park, which has been registered on the former Kaprolaktam site, is expected to engage polymer processing companies and R&D institutions, helping to create employment opportunities.