Petrotahlil-Russian petrochemical producer Sibur's 100,000 mt/year dioctyl terephthalate plant in Russia's Perm Krai region has started production, a company spokeswoman told Platts Friday.
"Sibur has managed the first test shipment of its DOTP to its client in line with commissioning works," the spokeswoman said. "Construction is 100% complete."
DOTP is a phthalate-free plasticizer used in cables, flooring and roof coatings and other materials for the construction industry.
Production will use Sibur's own feedstocks such as 2-ethylhexanol and is seen as the next step in Sibur's added-value chain.
The startup of the DOTP plant was expected to reduce some length on the European 2-eh market. However, one oxo-alcohol producer said the impact of the startup had not yet been felt on the 2-eh market.
"Length of 2-eh is still there," the producer said.
S&P Global Platts last assessed 2-eh Thursday at Eur1,050/mt FD NWE, down Eur20/mt on the week, due to market length and reduced buying interest over Brexit uncertainties.