Kazakhstan’s first polypropylene plant chose rail for exports

Image: KazMunayGas

Kazakhstan’s first polypropylene (PP) plant will use rail to export the product internationally. The first train left the new facility on Friday 18 November, as KazMunayGas (KMG), the national oil and gas company, pointed out.

The first convoy was made up of 62 wagons for a total of 1,500 tonnes that will be exported, despite destinations not being specified as of yet. As KMG stated, six more trains, for a total of 9,000 tonnes, will be sent abroad by the end of November.

Brand new plant for a brand new market

The brand-new PP plant, owned by Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries Inc LLP (KPI), is located in Atyrau, in western Kazakhstan, and was inaugurated on 8 November. The plant has a full capacity of 500,000 tons of PP per year, 90 per cent of which is expected to be exported.

Image: KazMunayGas

Kazakhstan is currently the 9th exporter of propylene in the world and it is in the top 20 for PP imports. The new facility will now allow the country to produce PP domestically, creating a new market that Kazakhstan can exploit both domestically and internationally.

What is polypropylene?

Polypropylene is a thermoplastic addition polymer made from the combination of propylene monomers. It is mostly used for the production of packaging materials. It can also be used as a basic raw material in mechanical engineering, medicine, and electrical engineering. Moreover, it is quite common in the production of containers, fibers, pipes, office equipment, garden furniture, as well as in construction, textile, and food industries.

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PP is considered ecologically clean and is one of the most important plastic products Moreover, it is the plastic that consumes the least amount of energy during production and produces the lowest carbon dioxide emissions when compared to other plastics. Its lower density also means that switching to PP reduces the absolute amount of waste.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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