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“Bitumen in Europe moves to the East” — DYM Resources reports at the Argus Africa Roads Conference

“Production of Bitumen in Europe moves to the East” — DYM Resources Speaks at the Argus Africa Roads 2019 Conference

DYM Resources will make a report on the bitumen industry in Europe, Russia and CIS at the Argus Africa Roads Conference 2019. The Conference takes place from June 26th to 27th  in Nairobi, Kenia.

“The new IMO 2020 restrictions will reduce demand for high-sulfur fuel oil and lead to changes in the oil market. Some European refineries have already refocused on refining light oil products from fuel oil, while refineries in Russia and CIS tend to produce more bitumen”, DYM Resources managing director Yury Burenko says. “Moreover, the bitumen duty in Russia is expected to fall from 100 USD/Mt to 0 USD/Mt in the next 5 years, as the Russian tax system changes. This will also encourage production of bitumen.”

The report from DYM Resources will also include the following issues:

— How regulatory changes will affect on the bitumen market in Europe, Russia, and CIS in terms of production, quality and price.

— Available capacities in Russia and CIS – can Russia increase bitumen production taking into account IMO 2020 restrictions and falling fuel oil demand?

— What are the logistical problems and bottlenecks for bitumen exports from Russia?

— Intraregional trade flows are geopolitical difficulties and dependencies.

Other industry speakers will address a range of topics including updates on the road and bitumen infrastructure in East Africa:

—  Road developments and investments in East Africa, focusing on Kenya and Tanzania.

— Impact of Iranian sanctions and alternative supply sources for east African road projects.

— Growing appetite for bitumen and bitumen infrastructure in east Africa.

The participants will include delegates from Shell, MENA Energy, Cinergy, TEC Container Solutions and others.


DYM Resources is an international niche oil products trading company working with all bitumen producers in Russia and supplying EN-certified ordinary bitumen and polymer-modified bitumen to European consumers. DYM Resources offers road and roofing bitumen as well as niche bitumen products, including joint tapes, mastics, and sealants. You are welcome to contact our managing directors per email: info@dymresources.com.

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DYM Resources starts loading Polymer Modified Bitumen

DYM Resources starts loading Polymer Modified Bitumen

DYM Resources starts loading a new product — the EN-certified Polymer-modified bitumen (PMB). It is delivered by trucks from Russia to neighboring countries.

What is a Polymer modified bitumen (PMB)

Polymer modified bitumen (PMB) is a type of bitumen, which is formed by adding some polymer. The most common type of polymer that is added is styrene butadiene styrene (SBS). It acts as a binder modification agent.

Adding polymers provide a higher level of quality, improves specifications of bitumen, give it extra strength, additional elasticity, high resistance to deformations, heat and frost.

Polymer modified bitumen (PMB) is used in the construction of roads (85–90%), pavement, roofs, airfield, etc.

(to learn more about the Polymer modified bitumen (PMB))

“The improved technical characteristics of the product extend maintenance periods for up to two times,” says the managing director from DYM Resources, Yury Burenco. “This reduces total cost of road construction and maintenance.”  

“The improved technical characteristics of the product extend maintenance periods for up to two times.”

“During the 12-year cycle of operation of the road, which was made from the Polymer modified bitumen, savings on current and capital maintenance reach 32%,” representative from the Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials reports.

Producers of the Polymer modified bitumen in Russia and shipping methods

There are three largest producers of Polymer modified bitumen (PMB) in Russia: Gazpromneft (EN-certified bitumen), Rosneft (EN-certified bitumen) and LUKOIL (GOST 33133-2014 bitumen). DYM Resources is able to supply Polymer modified bitumen from all of them.

DYM Resources delivers PMB in various packages: rail road tankers, trucks, big bags and clovertainer — a container of multilayer cardboard with a volume of 1000 liters, 20-foot containers.

PMB in Russia: production and export growth

According to consulting services, production of the PMB in Russia constantly grows.

In 2017 Russia produced about 232.6 thousand tons Polymer modified bitumen. That is 15.22% more than in 2016 (202,26 thousand tons).

The growth of PMB production accelerated in 2018, as both Rosneft and LUKOIL announced, that they have started or improved their PMB-programs on several of their bitumen refineries.

Production of PMB started in Russia in 2009 in the Omsk refinery, owned by company Gazprom. Since then, the PBM market has grown up to 70 times.

Analysts predicted, that by 2025 the capacity of the PMB market in Russia will exceed to 500 thousand tons.

The Polymer modified bitumen is exported from Russia to Europe, South and Latin America, Africa, Central and South-East Asia, in such countries as Peru, Chile, Brazil, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam.

Unlike the ordinary bitumen, Polymer modified bitumen has no export duty.

DYM Resources bitumen offer

DYM Resources is an international niche oil products trading company working with all bitumen producers in Russia and supplying EN-certified ordinary bitumen and polymer-modified bitumen to European consumers . DYM Resources offers road and roofing bitumen as well as niche bitumen products, including joint tapes, mastics, and sealants. You are welcome to contact our managing directors per email: info@dymresources.com.

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Bitumen prices in Germany rise due to lower production

Prices in Germany’s domestic bitumen market are rising because supplies are restricted while seasonal demand is growing.

Bitumen supplies remain limited throughout Germany, especially in the northeast, as the two largest German refineries, Schwedt and Leuna, have temporarily stopped producing bitumen due to the pipeline Druzhba contamination issue. Bayernoil, another major producer of bitumen, has been on a nine-month break because of an explosion last year.

PCK Schwedt

The German refinery PCK Schwedt, which processes 208, 000 barrels of bitumen per day. It has stopped the production of bitumen and switch to the delivery of more cost-effective lighter crudes. From the middle of April, oil flows through the pipeline have been halted, while crude oil was contaminated by excess concentrations of an organic chloride. After using the oil reserves, the PCK Schwedt temporarily established alternative oil supplies through the port of Rostock.

PCK Raffinerie Schwedt is owned by Rosneft Deutschland, Shell Deutschland and PCK Beteiligungs-Gesellschaft. The refinery processes 12 million tons of crude oil per year, obtaining diesel fuel, gasoline, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas, fuel oil and among others, bitumen.

Total Refinery Leuna

The second German Refinery Leuna, that also used crude oil from PCK Druzhba, had to cut bitumen production and switched to delivery of lighter crudes as well. Before this accident Leuna supplied approximately 210,000 barrels of bitumen per day. PCK Leuna is owned by Total and has the capacity to process 12 million tons of crude oil per year.

Pipeline Druzhba supplies about one third of crude oil to Germany. According to the latest reports, Druzhba could be launched from July 1st. Full pipeline cleaning will take about 6- 8 months.

Bayernoil refinery

The third German refinery Bayernoil, that produces 210 000 barrels of bitumen per day, was launched in the first week of June after nine-month interruption in the operation. It took nine months to recover from a powerful explosion and fire in September 2018.

Although the refinery is open, the supply the of bituminous product will remain limited for at least three months. The Bayernoil plans to reach full capacity by September.

The Refinery Bayernoil owned by Varo Energy, Rosneft Deutschland, Eni and BP. It produces over ten million tons of crude oil annual. The refinery gains liquefied gases, fuels, gasoline, jet, diesel, heating oil and bitumen.

DYM Resources is an international niche oil products trading company working with all bitumen producers in Russia and supplying EN-certified bitumen and polymer-modified bitumen to German consumers. DYM Resources offers road and roofing bitumen as well as niche bitumen products, including joint tapes, mastics, and sealants.

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DYM Resources Speaks at the Argus European Bitumen and Asphalt 2019 Conference

The conference will be held from May 22nd to 23rd in Athens, Greece. The agenda will address such key topics as the impact of IMO 2020 on the bitumen market, technical developments in asphalt mixes, the changing supply and demand landscape, and new strategic road developments. It will be attended by over 150 companies, including the key market players Shell, BASF, Colas, Galp, Repsol, MOL, Nynas, and TOTAL.

Yury Burenko, the managing director from DYM Resources GmbH, will be speaking about the prospects of the bitumen market in Russia, CIS, and the bitumen market in Ukraine, Turkmenistan, and Georgia.

“The bitumen market is undergoing major changes. The production of bitumen in Europe is falling because of the new DCU ( Delayed Coker Units). The new revisions to IMO 2020 bunkering regulations will also limit the use of sulfur fuel oil, the main kind produced in Russia, as marine fuel. It is important to analyze what these regulatory changes mean for the bitumen market in terms of production, quality, and price. For Russia, it will be promising to increase the production of bitumen,” Burenko says.

DYM Resources GmbH is an international niche oil products trading company working with all bitumen producers in Russia and shipping road bitumen to European consumers. DYM Resources offers road and roofing bitumen as well as niche bitumen products, including joint tapes, mastics, and sealants.

To meet our managing director Yury Burenko at the Argus European Bitumen and Asphalt 2019 Conference, you are welcome to contact us per email: info@dymresources.com.

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Bitumen road

Russian Bitumen Production up 21% in 1H 2018

Bitumen is the principal material used for road construction. Close to 95% of all “paved” roads in the world are estimated to have bituminous surfacing.

As per analytical data published by CREON Energy, bitumen production in Russia reached 5.92 million MT in 2017, 10.3% higher than the year before. For the first 6 months of 2018, the total production of bitumen is already 21% higher than in the corresponding period of the previous year. The total volume of production in 2018 could therefore reach 6.9 million MT, the highest result of the last 5 years. The main producers of bitumen in Russia are Rosneft, Gazpromneft, and Lukoil.

Bitumen production in Russia

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This increase in the volumes of bitumen production is principally due to substantial expansion of internal road construction in the last years. At the same time, a window for export supplies still exists.

In addition, the growth rate of polymer-modified bitumen (PMB) production is more than 10% each year. According to analytical data, this volume should exceed 5% of the total bitumen volume by the end of 2018. Due to its high quality, this product is largely exported in big bags, and the main country of export is currently Chile.

PMB production in Russia

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In August 2018, the Russian government decided to complete a so-called “tax maneuver,” meaning that the export duties for oil and heavy petroleum products will gradually decline to 0% by 2024. This will have a big impact on bitumen markets, and the current export duty for bitumen (Oct. 2018) is set to 137.50 USD/Mt. The first decrease of export duty at 20% will start on 01.01.2019, with a corresponding decrease every year until 0% is reached in 2024.

Export duty reductions may thus lead to more attractive export prices for bitumen, along with growing volumes of production.

In addition, PMB and other bitumen products (specialties for road construction like polymer bitumen joint tapes, mastics, and sealants etc) already have 0% export duty.

DYM Resources is an international trading company, focused on providing high-quality services in niche oil products supplies.

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DYM Resources Begins Sale of Bitumen Specialties for Road Construction

DYM Resources has begun to sell high-quality polymer-bitumen materials for road infrastructure, airports, and general construction that are intended to extend the service life of bitumen concrete and cement concrete surfaces.

The range of bitumen specialties offered by DYM Resources is as follows:

• Polymer-bitumen joint tapes

• Mastics and sealants for airports, roads, and bridges

• Waterproofing, liquid rubber, protective restoring compounds, etc.

All above-mentioned products meet EU quality requirements and have corresponding certificates.
For the past 10 years, these bitumen specialties have been widely used in all federal roads and airports in Russia, which has led to the first successful export supplies. DYM Resources expects exported volumes to continue to grow in 2019, thanks to the launch of its warehouse program along with the direct supplies to key construction projects.

Along with Bitumen specialties, DYM Resources has also begun to supply polymer modified bitumen (PMB), which increases the life cycle of road pavement to be two to three times longer than with normal bitumen. The presented PMB has CE certification and 0% export duty, making it of especial interest to European customers.

DYM Resources is an international trading company, focused on providing high-quality services in petrochemical supplies. Please contact us to get more information about bitumen and bitumen specialties offered by DYM Resources.

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Turkmenistan Starts Bitumen Export to Uzbekistan

Seidi Oil Refinery has begun exporting bitumen to Uzbekistan. The first batch consists of 675 tons of the product. The agreements lay out that Turkministan will import an estimated 10,000 tons of bitumen in total.

Seidi Oil Refinery’s current bitumen plant was installed three years ago by the American company Westport Trading Europe Ltd. The plant’s capacity allows it to process 118,000 tons of fuel oil per year, yielding about 37,000 tons of bitumen and associated gas oils.

Bitumen is also manufactured in the Central Asian region near Turkmenistan and exported from Kazakhstan. There are two main bitumen plants on its territory: Caspi Bitumen and Gazpromneft Kazakhstan.

According to the information provided by KAZINFORM, an international news agency of Kazakhstan, Caspi Bitumen exported 650 tons of bitumen to Uzbekistan in 2017.

In Tajikistan, the launch of an oil refinery has been announced for September 2018. The project was started in 2014 and organized by the Tajik-Chinese joint venture TK-Oil. The plant is meant to begin manufacturing with the production of a diesel fuel, low-octane gasoline of AI-80 and AI-92 grade, as well as construction bitumen.

Over the last 10 years, several attempts have been made to launch mini-refineries in Tajikistan, in the regions of Kanibadam, Isfara, Shakhrinav, and Khatlon. None of the attempts proved successful.

DYM Resources is a international trading company focused on developing high-quality services in the base oil, wax, and petcoke and bitumen markets.

For enquiries, please contact us via our website.

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