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Mintimer Shaimiev: “Within few years Tatarstan will process all its produced crude”

  Today, President of Tatarstan took part in the ceremonial meeting on the occasion of commissioning of polyethylene production plant by OJSC “Nizhnekamskneftekhim”. During his visit to OJSC “Nizhnekamskneftekhim” Mintimer Shaimiev had a look at a number of new facilities, including the recently launched third line of polystyrene production with 70 th tpa production capacity. Besides, the upgrading project for this line is developed already: as soon as the foaming and extrusion unit will be purchased for USD 10-15 mln, this line can be used for production of foamed polystyrene.

Another project presented for the President consideration was the project of new plant for production of ABC-plastics. The main consumer of this material is the automotive sector. The project at the cost of USD 80 million is currently scheduled for commissioning by the end of 2010 with 64 th tpa of projected capacity.

The companies of middle sector of business are active in the processing of polymers, as well. The President paid a visit to one of such companies. OJSC “Tatlesstroj” plant situated on the territory of OJSC “Nizhnekamskneftekhim” processes the polymers to a wide range of goods, from the different packaging to the auto accessories. Last year, this company processed about 13 thousand tons of polymers; this year is going to produce 25 thousand tons of goods. The company already has the orders from the plants of such companies as “Sollers”, “Kamaz”, the orders from “AutoVAZ” are negotiated.

The main object of the President’s visit was the newly constructed polyethylene production plant. In two years only OJSC “Nizhnekamskneftekhim” managed to establish from “zero” level the production with 230 th tpa of projected capacity. The first batch of commercial polyethylene was produced at the polyolefins plant on February 3, 2009. The company is going to produce 150-160 thousand tons of production by the end of the year. As General Director of OJSC “Nizhnekamskneftekhim” Vladimir Busygin says, the cost of the project is USD 200 million.

The President visited the new plant. On one of the sampling points the President examined the taken handful of polyethylene and remained satisfied with the quality of this material. After the visit the President made a photo with the plant’s employees.

Mintimer Shaimiev during his address to the employees of petrochemical companies said:

“-You, the workers of petrochemical sector of Nizhnekamsk, put into operation new facilities during the global financial and economic crisis. This is very important for the Republic. Everybody complaints while you create”.

The Head of Tatarstan said: “This event should become the landmark event for the whole Republic. And even though the prices for the petrochemical production fell, your task is to protect the workers of the petrochemical sector from the influence of crisis. You, workers of Nizhnekamsk, deserve this by having established the new sector, petrochemicals sector, from generation to generation. I remember how the whole country participated in the construction of OJSC "Kazanorgsintez. And you managed to establish a new large-scale production by yourselves in the two-year period».

In his address to the management of the Company and the government of Nizhnekamsk Mintimer Shaimiev said: «No personnel reduction should be implemented, no wages cutting, and no abolishing of social benefits. General Director of «Nizhnekamskneftekhim» Vladimir Busygin, Head of Nizhnekamsk Aidar Metshin and Head of PSC «AIF» Albert Shigaboutdinov promised to realize the task put by the President.

Mintimer Shaimiev presented his vision of the perspectives of the petrochemical sector of Tatarstan, «So far, from what I have seen today, it looks promising. The Company has the chances to keep the reached volumes of oil processing as a result of commissioning of new facilities».

«We were dependent on Kremechugskij Refinery, but now, here in Nizhnekamsk we are building «Taneco» plant to be commissioned on the beginning of the next year with the processing capacity of 7 million tons of crude per year», reminded the Head of Tatarstan – «Besides, we have taken another decision recently, to build one more «mirror-like» «Taneco». I am sure that in several years we would be able to process all volumes of crude oil produced in Tatarstan without paying attention to the fact that year after year it becomes heavier».

Mintimer Shaimiev congratulated all workers of the plant with their celebration and awarded the

honorary awards to those people who made the most significant contribution to the implementation of new facility. The same day, the President checked out the progress of construction of "Taneco".



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