Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Another Massive Chemical Plant in Russia

Following up on the opening of the world's largest PVC plant, Sibur is now putting together a large PP plant (I know, I know, all PP plants are large), this one being built in an even more remote spot - Tobolsk, Siberia.

Just getting the parts there is a challenge. It not so figuratively involves moving heaven and earth:

"Two 60 tonne, 38 metre-long slag purging columns were shipped by via the Indian Ocean and Suez Canal and overland through Europe to St. Petersburg, Russia, prior to delivery to the site.

...The biggest unit still to come from South Korea is a massive 1,000 tonne, 100m long propane dehydrogenation column which is destined for the Russian port of Arkhangelsk. From there, the 10m diameter column will travel by special barge up the River Irtysh to dock at the port in Tobolsk, which has been specially dredged and expanded to take the largest project equipment."

As with most PP plants, these are built close to the supply of propylene, so I won't question as strongly the location of this plant, but the way that Sibur is expanding their polymer capabilities, it makes you wonder if there wasn't a very recent remake of "The Graduate".

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