Haldor Topsoe to provide technology for Nizhnekams’s isoprene rubber output

Contract-signingDenmark-based catalysis firm Haldor Topsoe has tied up with Russia’s PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim for license and engineering services for a new methanol unit with a capacity of 500,000 tonnes/year. Nizhnekamskneftekhim is building its new methanol production plant in Kazan, Tatarstan, in the southwestern region of Russia.

Azat Bikmurzin, the Director General of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim (TAIF Group of Companies), and Bjerne S. Clausen, CEO and President of Haldor Topsoe, signed the contracts. A TAIF Group delegation led by Albert Shigabutdinov, the Director General of TAIF Company, took part in the signing ceremony.

Nizhnekamskneftekhim mainly uses methanol (methyl alcohol) to produce formaldehyde as a feedstock for the company’s isoprene rubber production. The Russian firm says the new methanol unit will make the isoprene facilities more efficient and reduce production costs.

PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim is one of the largest petrochemical producers in Eastern Europe. It occupies leading positions among domestic manufacturers of synthetic rubbers, plastics and ethylene. Nizhnekamskneftekhim is a part of TAIF Group of Companies. The company was founded in 1967. Its principal facilities are located in Nizhnekamsk, the Republic of Tatarstan.

The company’s portfolio includes more than 120 products, which are exported to 50 countries of Europe, America and Southeast Asia. Exports constitute about 50% of total output volume.