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Russian integrated petrochemical company Sibur said Thursday that its newly built 100,000 mt/year dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP) plant in the Perm Krai region is now running normally following recent issues.

Petrotahlil - "Our DOTP plant is now on-stream, running normally," executive director Sergey Komyshan said at a press event. "Recently it had hiccups as it turned short on PTA supplies due to an outage at our PTA plant. Now it's all resolved."

The DOTP plant is part of the Sibur-Khimprom site, which began production in the first quarter of 2019 and was designed to use Sibur's own feedstocks for value added production. However, while feedstock 2-ethylhexanol was made available from the same site, another key feedstock, purified terephthalic acid (PTA), has been subject to supply constraints, which caused some hiccups in production of DOTP.

DOTP is a phthalate-free plasticizer used in cables, flooring and roof coatings and other materials for the construction industry. PTA is used to produce polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a basic packaging material for mineral water, dairy products, juices and sunflower oil. It is also used in a reaction with 2-EH to produce DOTP.

Since it started production in 2019, Sibur has exported around 170,000 mt of DOTP and met around 50% of Russia's domestic demand, Komyshan said.

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Source : Platts

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