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SIBUR and thyssenkrupp held public hearings on the project for the reconstruction of the production of ethylene oxide and glycols

Public discussions were held on the environmental impact assessment (ОВОС) of the project "Ethylene oxide and glycols plant revamp with an increase in capacity to 1067 tons per day for the equivalent of ethylene oxide." The project developed by OOO thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (RUS) will be implemented at the SIBUR-Neftekhim site in Dzerzhinsk.

The goal of the planned activity is to increase the production capacity for equivalent ethylene oxide by installing a new reactor block with water cooling and taking technical measures to maximize the production capacity for equivalent ethylene oxide.

Due to the pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at tk IS' initiative and in agreement with the city administration of Dzerzhinsk, public discussions were held in a remote mode. This helped to avoid the risk of spreading the disease among the participants of the event. Timely discussions made it possible to meet the deadlines for the project implementation schedule. At the same time, all the requirements stipulated by the legislator for informing the public about the planned activities were fulfilled. thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (RUS) LLC ensured the availability of project documentation and EIA materials; questions, comments and suggestions from the public and all interested parties were received by e-mail and telephone and were registered in the “Public inquiries log”.

“The upcoming revamp will increase the capacity, safety and environmental friendliness of the existing plant. The project complies with the requirements of the Russian environmental legislation, its implementation is carried out in cooperation with stakeholders, the public opinion is taken into account when making decisions", the participants summed up.

After the public hearings, the project documentation and EIA materials will be sent for the Environmental impact audit, following which they will be sent to the RF main state expert review board.

The ethylene oxide and glycols plant was commissioned in 1982; it has been operating as part of SIBUR-Neftekhim since December 1999. The general designer of the plant was the Gipropolymer Institute, currently - thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (RUS) LLC. Ethylene oxide is obtained by the method of direct oxidation of ethylene with oxygen developed by Scientific Design Company, Inc., USA. Ethylene oxidation takes place in a fixed bed of a tray catalyst. Ethylene glycols are obtained by hydration of ethylene oxide. The production capacity of the enterprise is 130 000 tons of commercial ethylene oxide and 300 000 tons of glycols per year.

SIBUR is the leader in the petrochemical industry in Russia and one of the world's largest companies in the sector with more than 23 thousand employees. A unique vertically integrated business model enables SIBUR to create highly competitive products that are used in consumer goods and automobiles, construction, energy, chemical and other industries in 80 countries around the world.

Over the past 10 years, SIBUR has implemented a number of large-scale investment projects worth about 1 trillion rubles. The company annually directs at least 70% of EBITDA to finance the investment program, while maintaining a balanced debt load.

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (RUS)  is a leading Russian contractor for the engineering, construction and maintenance of industrial plants and systems. The company supplies plants and components for various industries: fertilizers, electrolysis, polymers and basic chemistry products, high-pressure technologies, coke chemistry and oil refining, as well as innovative solutions for energy storage - on the EPC basis.

Drawing on a unique combination of engineering expertise, project management and advanced sustainable technologies, thyssenkrupp develops tailor-made solutions that enable chemical manufacturers around the world to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of their businesses.

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