Iran’s annual petchem output hits 83.5 million tons

Iiran’s annual petrochemical production capacity increased by 13.5 million tons in the last fiscal year that ended on March 20.

3 April 2021
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Iiran’s annual petrochemical production capacity increased by 13.5 million tons in the last fiscal year that ended on March 20.

Lordegan petrochemical plant , located in the central province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, produced 3 million tons per annum (mpta) of petchem products with a focus on urea. Photo: Shana

Iiran's annual petrochemical production capacity increased by 13.5 million tons in the last fiscal year that ended on March 20.

The National Petrochemical Company’s annual output was 70 million tons in the previous year and has now reached 83.5 million tons, IRNA reported.

Eleven petrochemical projects have become operational in the period to help raise output by 20%.

Referring to completed plans, the state news agency said the second phase of Takht-e-Jamshid Petrochemical Plant in Mahshahr, Khuzestan Province, was the first to open in 2020.

Built by Iranian engineers, it has an annual capacity of 85,000 tons of polybutadiene rubber which is a polymer with high resistance to damage from normal wear and tear and is used in downstream industries to produce rubber items, especially tires. The project helped Iran’s tire and rubber industries reduce imports of some types of polymer.

To help complete the value chain in the key growing petrochemical sector, Miandoab Petrochemical Complex in West Azarbaijan Province became operational last June.

With annual capacity of 175,000 tons and built over 22 hectares it cost $120 million. The facility converts ethylene to higher value-added products namely heavy polyethylene, linear and light polyethylene.

Two petrochemical companies in southern Bushehr Province, Kaveh Methanol Complex and the first phase of Bushehr Petrochemical Complex also went on stream last year.

Located near the port city of Bandar Dayyer in the Persian Gulf, 120 kilometers west of Asalouyeh, and costing $950 million, the Kaveh unit is the largest of its kind in Iran and one of the biggest in the world with a daily methanol output of 7,000 tons, or 3.2 million tons per annum.

The Bushehr Petrochemical Company is located in Pars Special Economic Energy Zone and has a capacity of 4 million tons a annum, including 1.65 million tons of methanol, 1 million tons of olefins, 550,000 tons of ethylene glycol, 300,000 tons of light and heavy polymers and 300,000 tons of acetic acid.

Regarding the fifth plan, IRNA said the Middle East Kimia Pars Complex cost $600 million. It needs 1.6 billion cubic meters of gas per year to produce 1.6 million tons of methanol. As part of the project, a Danish catalysis company (Holdor Topsoe) provided licensing, catalysts and equipment. 

The sixth project was Lorestan Petrochemical Complex that cost $20 million and was built with help from Bakhtar Petrochemical Company. It is designed to manufacture 100,000 tons of catalysts for polyethylene factories.

The ammonia unit of Lordegan Petrochemical Company in western Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province started production last July and is to produce 677,000 tons of ammonia per year. Construction of the urea unit of the plant came online last August with an annual capacity of 100,000 tons.

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