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File photo shows Nouri Petrochemical Complex in Assalouyeh, south Iran.

File photo shows Nouri Petrochemical Complex in Assalouyeh, south Iran.

The Iranian western province of Kermanshah is expected to become the country's new hub for petrochemical production once the industry’s underway projects are completed, a report says. Kermanshah Polymer Complex, Bistoon Petrochemical Complex, Urea and Ammonia Complex along with LAB (linear alkyl benzene) are the projects currently underway which are expected to turn the province into a new petrochemical hub in western Iran, IRNA reported on Sunday. Managing-Director of the National Iranian Petrochemical Company (NIPC) Abdolhossein Bayat, visiting the projects, underlined the necessity for their speedy implementation, in an attempt to boost the value chain of the petrochemical products. Meanwhile, Ahmad Reza Heidarnia, the projects director for the NIPC said Friday that two major petrochemical projects in the country’s Pars Special Economic Energy Zone (PSEEZ) will come on stream in the near future. The West Ethylene Pipeline, which will transfer ethylene from Assaluyeh in the southern Iranian province of Bushehr to the petrochemical complexes in Iran’s western provinces, and the Kavian Petrochemical Complex with the annual petrochemical production capacity of 2.18 million tons are the two major projects that are expected to become operational in PSEEZ. Iran also inaugurated three important petrochemical projects in the country’s Mahshahr Petrochemical Special Economic Zone on Monday. Iran has expanded the range and volume of its petrochemical products significantly over the past few years, and the NIPC has become the second largest producer and exporter of petrochemicals in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia. The Islamic Republic exported a total of 18.2 million tons of petrochemical and polymer products, worth about USD 14.2 billion, to more than 60 countries in the last Iranian calendar year (ended March 19, 2012). YH/AZ
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