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Iran to Localize 70% of Petchem Catalysts by March 2022

Iran to Localize 70% of Petchem Catalysts by March 2022
(Wednesday, December 16, 2020) 18:37

TEHRAN (NIPNA) -- The CEO of Petrochemical Research and Technology Company (PRTC) said the country would be supplying 70 percent of the catalysts it needs in the petrochemical industry by the end of the next Iranian calendar year to March 20, 2022.

Addressing a press conference, Ali Pajouhan said: "So far this year, 5 technical licenses have been granted to petrochemical companies and another one will be delivered by the end of this [calendar] year."

The PRTC CEO further stated: "The most important activity of the company since the beginning of this year has been the delivery of the technical knowhow and engineering documents of GTPP project and technical knowledge of construction of 3 units of West Islamabad Petrochemical project.”

He said that the GTPP project of West Islamabad is one of the most important plans for PRTC at present.

He said that this important project has a unit for converting gas to methanol, methanol to propylene and a unit for converting propylene to polypropylene, which is licensed with the use of Iranian savvy.

Pajouhan further outlined some of PRTC’s recent contracts,  saying a deal for the transfer of license, process design package and basic engineering of heavy polyethylene unit with a capacity of 310,000 tons per year to Tabriz Petrochemical Company and also a contract to transfer the license, process engineering documents and basic engineering of a propylene production plan from methanol with an annual capacity of 120,000 tons to Fateh Kimia Petrochemical Plant are two of the achievements of PRTC in providing technical knowledge.

He pointed out that the award of 6 technical licenses in one year is a unique and new step for PRTC and the localization of other technical knowhow is being seriously pursued by the company. “All these achievements have been obtained with the efforts of Iranian researchers and experts.”

Elsewhere, Mr. Pajouhan said Iran consumes 270 million dollars’ worth of catalysts annually and localization of them would save the country at least 150 million dollars per year.

He stated the official operation of the first Ziegler–Natta catalyst for polymerization of heavy polyethylene under the license of PRTC in Lorestan Petrochemical Plant with 100 tons per year of production capacity was one of the most important achievements of the company this year.

The PRTC official added that construction of a new catalyst unit in Lorestan Petrochemical Plant with a capacity of 1500 tons per year is being finalized and pre-commissioned and also PP and SAZ catalysts are being finalized for construction and production in PRTC’s Arak center.

He stated: A contract has been signed with Morvarid Petrochemical Company for the delivery of an activator, and “we will deliver our entire commitment, which is 150 tons, by the end of the year.”

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