According to the official data, Russia's chemical production increased by 2.4% from January to November compared with the same period last year, according to ICIS.com on December 21.
According to data from the Russian Federation's National Bureau of Statistics, output in November increased by 3.4% over the previous month, with ethylene accounting for the main increase.
In November, 270,000 tons of ethylene were produced, compared with 196,000 tons in Kazakhstan, Stavrolen and Ufagastez, which were shut down for maintenance the previous month.
From January to November, a total of 2.7 million tons of olefins were produced, an increase of 4.4% over the same period last year.
Benzene production increased from 96,600 tons in October to 112,000 tons in November, and the annual output of this product reached 1.28 million tons, an increase of 3.4% over the previous year.
Sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) production in November was 109,000 tons, which was flat in October. From January to November, the total production of caustic soda increased to 1.16 million tons, an increase of 3.2% over the same period last year.
Last month's mineral fertilizer output was 1.89 million tons (100% nutrient), compared with 1.74 million tons in October, and Russian producers increased their production of nitrogen and potassium fertilizers.
Overall, Russian factories produced 20.85 million tons of mineral fertilizers in the first 11 months of 2018, an increase of 1.2% over the same period last year. Among them, nitrogen fertilizer increased the most, by 3.8% over the same period last year.