The Russian composites industry is steadily recovering from the country’s financial crisis and this is reflected by resuming business activities in the industries and an increase in the number of investment projects. One of Russia’s largest oil and petrochemical producers, Tatneft, has announced its intention of installing a new integrated chemical and composite production cluster in the Tatarstan Republic as reported by Eugene Gerden. It has also been reported that the project will cost around EUR 1.5 billion.
A new AImA cluster is planned to be installed within the Almetyevsk Special Economic Zone and will be responsible for the manufacturing of maleic anhydride, polypropylene, carbon fibers and composites.
Siren Sakhapov, spokesman of Tatneft shared some thoughts regarding the process that the production of maleic anhydride is particularly of great importance as it forms the building block for binder resins and the manufacturing will be processed with the world’s first three-reactor propane dehydrogenation system.
Tatneft oil and gas chemical complex will be installed at the same site as the clusters which has an annual output of 390,000. The Tatneft chemical complexes will be responsible for supplying the clusters with the raw materials required for the production.
Composites produced as an end product will be supplied to fulfill the needs of other domestic industries such as wind generation and shipbuilding, also materials for the MS-21 medium-range aircraft which has previously undergone trade embargoes on the carbon composites that it has acquired from the previous overseas suppliers.
The environmental concerns are being strictly handled in the process. Tatneft will comply with all the international standards and will also install environmentally conscious technologies, that stress upon reliability, energy efficiency and omitting emissions into the atmosphere and water.
The new cluster is scheduled to officially be established and commenced by 2025 with the support of the Tatarstan government.