The move is part of a plan by the Tatarstan-based company to expand its synthetic rubber production capacity to 1,000ktpa
In a statement in Russian, the company explained that the facility is the first of three projects implemented as part of the programme to increase production of isoprene rubber SKI-3 to 330ktpa.
Work on two other projects, to upgrade isoprene and isobutylene production facilities, continues, the Russian rubber and petrochemicals manufacturer added.
According to Nizhnekamskneftekhim formaldehyde is the raw material for the production of isoprene by a one-stage synthesis.
The new plant uses Johnson Mattey’s Formox technology, based on a methoxyl oxidative dehydrogenation process.