Russia’s bitumen export duty drops for May 2020 shipments

The oil export duty of Russia will fall by $45.2 to $6.8 per ton from May 1, according to the website of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation. The ministry reports that from March 15 to April 14 the average price of Russia’s main export oil blends, Urals, was $19 per barrel, or $138.7 per ton.

Considering the current prices for Russian crude oil blend Urals, projected export duty in June will be 0 USD/mt for the first time since duties were introduced. Export duty of bitumen is equal to export duty of crude oil. This means that the bitumen export duty will be less than 7 USD/Mt for May 2020 shipments.

The current situation makes the export of Russian bitumen to the neighboring CIS countries cost-effective for European customers. Russian refineries can deliver additional volumes to the European market due to a temporary decline in domestic demand because of the restrictive measures introduced in Russia in early April.

DYM Resources offers both regular and polymer modified bitumen. All products are EN-certified.

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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:

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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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