An investment project is underway at the Gubakha plant which will increase the production of phenol-formaldehyde resins.

Front page/ News/ An investment project is underway at the Gubakha plant which will increase the production of phenol-formaldehyde resins.

An investment project to install a 45 cubic metre R-3201 Russian-made phenol-formaldehyde resin synthesis reactor is being carried out at Metadinea Metafrax Group’s production site in Gubakha.

Currently, there is one FFS production 45 cubic metre reactor for plywood in Gubakha. Its capacity is about 38 thousand tonnes of product per year.

“The market is growing. According to our analysts, by 2021 the demand for our customers will grow to 53 thousand tonnes per year during peak periods. We must be prepared to meet these needs. We expect that the launch of the project will increase FFS production by 37.5 thousand tonnes per year, and will expand the company’s market share of this product in the country,” said Project Manager Andrei Polovodov.

According to Denis Gutauskas, Director of Metadinea branch in Gubaha, seven new workplaces will be created to operate the new reactor.

A new transformer substation has been built and is in the process of commissioning to produce additional volumes of resins. The tank farm in the KFS warehouse is being expanded with four new tanks, a raw material formalin container. Also, two existing plywood resin containers are being upgraded. In addition, an automatic carbamide unloading system will be installed and a third discharge point is planned for the phenol unloading facility.

The technological equipment has already been delivered to the installation site. Foundations have been constructed and the containers themselves are being assembled. A carbamide bunker has been built in the production facility and the reactor has already been installed. Auxiliary equipment – cables, valves, instrumentation, fittings – is being supplied according to the schedule, and an automatic carbamide feeding station is expected to be delivered.

The equipment is scheduled to be put into operation in July 2021. Investment costs in the main production assets of the project are estimated at over 500 million rubles from own funds.

Source: Kommersant