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Sibur ups expenditure at its Siberian ZapSibNeftekhim downstream project

16th September 2014

Sibur plans to increase overall 2014 spending at the ZapSibNeftekhim refinery project in Russia from USD 1.35bn to USD 1.92bn, following successful FEED completion and planned future engineering agreements

Sibur ups expenditure at its Siberian ZapSibNeftekhim downstream project
ZapSibNeftekhim's project is designed to operate a steam cracker (by Linde AG, Germany) with a capacity of 1.5 mtpa of ethylene, around 500 ktpa of propylene and 100 ktpa of butane-butylene fraction (BBF), along with units with a total capacity to produce 1.5 mtpa of various grades of polyethylene (by INEOS, UK) and a polypropylene unit of 500 ktpa (by LyondellBasell, Netherlands)

The cracker, polyethylene and polypropylene units’ FEED has been completed, and Sibur has signed an agreement to design infrastructure and off-site facilities with NIPIgazpererabotka, Russia's leading engineering centre in the gas processing industry.

“Sibur has a strong financial position,” said Dmitry Konov, CEO of Sibur. “Over recent years, the company has delivered on ambitious projects to expand its gas processing and fractionation capacity, improve transport infrastructure reliability, and build its first large polymer production capacities, providing the basis for a smooth transition into the next stage of the project.”

ZapSibNeftekhim's project is designed to operate a steam cracker (by Linde AG, Germany) with a capacity of 1.5 mtpa of ethylene, around 500 ktpa of propylene and 100 ktpa of butane-butylene fraction (BBF), along with units with a total capacity to produce 1.5 mtpa of various grades of polyethylene (by INEOS, UK) and a polypropylene unit of 500 ktpa (by LyondellBasell, Netherlands).

According to preliminary estimates, total investment in the ZapSibNeftekhim project will amount to approximately USD 9.5bn, including the expenditure already incurred and costs budgeted for commissioning. Production site infrastructure construction and other works for the project are to be completed within five to five-and-a-half years, which is the international standard timeframe for building capacities of this scale.

Sibur’s projects in the Tyumen Region are part of the investment agreement with the Tobolsk regional government and the Tobolsk City Administration aimed at a comprehensive development of the Tobolsk production site.

This agreement covered, among other projects, the construction of the Tobolsk-Polymer polypropylene production facility, put into operation in 2013, gas fractionation capacity expansion and railway infrastructure development, commissioned in 2014, along with the construction of the main pipeline between Purovsky Gas Condensate Processing Plant and Tobolsk-Neftekhim.

The parties provide support for the project under applicable law and the current agreement to ensure comprehensive development of the Tobolsk production site. It has now been agreed to extend the current investment agreements for 10 years – until 2024.

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