Formalin plant for Metafrax in Gubakha

New engineering contract for Pörner Group in Russia

The formalin plant in Gubakha / Russia will produce 55% formalin using the Fasil-process

On April 3 2019, in Moscow, PJSC Metafrax and Norwegian company Dynea AS signed a contract for the construction of a 55% formalin production plant in Gubakha/Russia.

In May 2019, the long-term Norwegian cooperation partner Dynea AS commissioned Pörner Grimma to perform mechanical and electrical engineering services. As part of the EPCM contract of Dynea AS, Pörner will prepare the 3D model and piping design, electrical design as well as the supply of the piping material, and MCC.

The formalin plant will be integrated into the paraformaldehyde production complex (paraform) with a nominal capacity of 180,000 TPA formalin (55%) and 30,000 TPA paraform. The project is worth more than RUB 5.2 billion (about EUR 73 million) and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.

The formalin produced in the plant serves, among other things, as raw material for the production of paraformaldehyde. Thus, Metafrax will be the only Russian producer of paraformaldehyde.

With the commissioning of the plant, the nominal total annual production capacity of 55% formalin increases to 450,000 TPA.

“The companies of the Metafrax Group in Russia and Austria consume more than 600,000 tons of methanol per year. As part of the company’s development strategy, our internal demand for methanol will reach 800,000 TPA by 2030”, says Vladimir Daut, Director General of Metafrax OJSC.


Metafrax, Dynea AS and Pörner – successful  partners over a long time

Pörner’s engineers realized many projects for Metafrax in Gubakha and therefore know the industrial area very well. These projects included a formalin plant (2006), a novolac and powder bakelite plant (Orekhovo-Zuyevo, 2009), a polyamide 6 plant (2009) and a hexamine plant (2011).

Pörner’s successful partnership with Dynea AS also dates back many years. In the past 20 years Pörner has worked together with Dynea AS in 14 projects worldwide.

Gerhard Bacher, General Manager of Pörner Grimma, is looking forward to the new project for Metafrax: “Working with Dynea AS has always been functioning properly and on a friendly basis – the same goes for Metafrax. With our Moscow company OOO Pörner Group Russia we also have home advantage. Our Russian branch checks compliance with Russian norms and standards and carries out all translation work. All signs are pointing to a successful project!”

Pörner Grimma, situated near Leipzig / Germany, has specialized in formalin and its derivatives. Together with well-known European licensors and know-how partners, the EPCM contractor builds production plants with offsites, utilities systems and infrastructure for the formaldehyde product family.



PJSC “Metafrax” is one of the most dynamic chemical companies in Russia and the largest manufacturer of methanol and its derivatives, with production output of RUB 71 billion in 2018 and 3,000 employees. The production range includes methanol, formalin, pentaerythritol, hexamethylenetetramine, urea-formaldehyde concentrate, polyamide, sodium formate and in the future there will be ammonia, urea and melamine.

The parent corporation Metafrax has its headquarters in Gubakha. The group also includes the modern resin production company OOO Metadynea with two production sites in the Moscow region and in Gubakha, the oldest chemical plant Karbolit in Orekhovo-Zuyevo, and the formaldehyde and resin plant Metadynea Austria GmbH in Krems (Austria).

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Dynea AS, with headquarters in Lillestrøm/Norwegian, is a leader in developing and providing high performance adhesives, surfacing solutions and formaldehyde process technology.  

Over the last 60 years, Dynea AS has designed, constructed and commissioned more than 50 formaldehyde plants around the world.

As part of an aggressive plan to get more projects done, Dynea AS now launched “fasil” (formaldehyde silver), a new brand name for its existing formaldehyde silver technology, for the production of formalin. The process has been constantly improved to become the most preferred technical and economical formaldehyde process for its international customers.

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Lydia Brandtner

Head of Marketing Pörner Group

Tel.: +43 5 05899-718