Sibur plans new petrochemical complex in Siberia

Sibur is planning to construct a new petrochemical complex in Tobolsk in Tyumen, western Siberia, Russia, according to CEO Dmitry Konov.

Konov said the Tobolsk project is expected to be the largest in Russia and one of the largest in the world.

"The new project will be implemented cautiously and carefully so as not to cause any disruption to the company's financial situation," Konov said.

The Tobolsk project, which is expected to be known as ZapSibNeftehim, will involve the construction of a pyrolysis facility with a capacity of 1.5 million tons of ethylene, requiring 3 million tons of hydrocarbon as a feedstock.

The ethane should comprise about 600,000-700,000t of this volume, according to Konov.

The light hydrocarbons, which are considered as raw materials, are expected to be obtained in Tyumen at gas-processing plants, and derived from associated petroleum gas, gas condensate and natural gas.

According to European Plastics News, the project is expected to be implemented by 2016-2017.

Sibur is also considering whether to build polymer production units with capacities of up to two million tons per year.

The company processes more than half of Russia's APG and produces 22% of its propylene, 19% of its polypropylene, 16% of its polyethylene, 44% of its synthetic rubbers, 24% of its tyres, and a considerable proportion of other petrochemical products.