On October 15, 2013, the work of the Tobolsk-Polymer integrated polypropylene-production facility officially began with a ceremonial grand opening attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
By autumn of 2010, the first shipment of large equipment began arriving at Tobolsk-Polymer’s construction site, including one of two Korean-made 60-ton purge columns with a length of 39.5 m and a diameter of 4.6 m.
The Tobolsk site has received a total of 23 pieces of heavy, large equipment, including splitter towers for the propane-dehydrogenation facility, each 10 m in diameter, 100 m long, and weighing 1,096 tons. The construction of the new facility is the largest investment project in the Russian petrochemical industry.
In November 2009, EPC contracts were signed with Tecnimont (Italy) and Linde (Germany). The project is currently estimated to cost $1.5 billion (USD).
In April 2009, Tobolsk-Polymer received approval from Vnesheconombank for a line of credit worth $153 million (USD) to be used for project financing.
In late 2008, the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade put Tobolsk-Polymer on its list of high-priority projects.
In early 2008, Tobolsk-Polymer contracted with Branan Environment to assess the environmental and social impact of the polypropylene-production facility.
In April 2007, the project’s contract strategy was approved, along with the estimate of 500,000 tons a year in projected polypropylene production.
A preliminary site plan and the sel ection of the key offsite facilities were ready several months later. At approximately the same time, the process licensors were chosen in a tender: the dehydration technologies would be licensed from UOP (USA), and the polypropylene operations - from Ineos (United Kingdom).
In March 2007, SIBUR signed an agreement with Fluor (USA), choosing that company to be the project-management contractor for the initial stage.
In February 2007, SIBUR signed a cooperation agreement with the government of the Tyumen Region, which provided co-financing for housing construction for construction workers as well as tax concessions, etc.
Tobolsk-Polymer was incorporated on April 20, 2006.
In March 2006, preliminary approval was given to the propane-dehydrogenation project to build a polypropylene facility with an annual capacity of 400,000 to 500,000 tons, which marked the beginning of the polymer-production program at the Tobolsk site.
In 1999, Tobolsk-Neftekhim became a subsidiary of SIBUR. SIBUR began reviving the petrochemical operations at Tobolsk-Neftekhim, and as early as 2005 began reviewing plans to convert liquefied hydrocarbon gases into products with higher added value.
Two main options were under consideration: the first was propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene production, while the second focused on pyrolysis and involved a number of ethylene-based units.