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NPC Calls for Industry Integration to Utilize Full Capacities

NPC Calls for Industry Integration to Utilize Full Capacities
(Monday, April 15, 2024) 17:46

TEHRAN (NIPNA) - Bijan Chegeni, the Production Control Manager of the National Petrochemical Company (NPC), emphasized the necessity of integrating the petrochemical industry to utilize all capacities efficiently.

Speaking about the company's efforts to overcome production obstacles, Chegeni highlighted collaborative efforts among all holdings, petrochemical companies, and national oil, gas, refining, and distribution companies.

"The empty capacity of petrochemical plants was 27% in 1400, approximately 24% in 1401, and 21% in the past year. With determination, we are addressing production challenges collaboratively with the integrated cooperation of all holdings, petrochemical companies, and national oil, gas, refining, and distribution companies," Chegeni stated.

Chegeni, speaking to NIPNA, emphasized Iran's petrochemical industry's resolve to boost production and increase exports of various polymer and chemical products in the year 1403. He mentioned various strategies and actions planned by the NPC to achieve these goals.

"The National Petrochemical Company has organized production growth task forces at three levels: petrochemical industry, holdings, and petrochemical companies. We must utilize all available capacities to promote production growth in the petrochemical industry," Chegeni added.

Regarding the past year's achievements, Chegeni stated, "In the calendar year of 1402 (ended on March 20), which was a year of production growth, with the help of God, the petrochemical industry played a significant role in achieving the country's production growth with a 7% increase. Petrochemical complexes such as Mehr, Arya Sasol, and Kavian ranked top in production in the Asaluyeh region, while petrochemical complexes like Ghadir, Maroun, and Fanavaran led in the Mahshahr region, and others like Isfahan, Iran Carbon, and Miandoab excelled in other regions."

Formation of Transport Consortia:

Chegeni also mentioned the formation of transport consortia as a factor facilitating transportation and sustainable exports. He highlighted successful experiences in this regard by petrochemical companies such as Zagros and Kaveh.

"One of the main factors contributing to production reduction compared to plant capacity includes feedstock shortages, maintenance and process issues, as well as utility shortages. The empty capacity in the industry is currently 21%," Chegeni explained.

Chegeni continued, "The reasons for production reduction in the petrochemical industry include 62% due to feedstock shortages, 17% due to maintenance issues, 10% due to process issues, 6% due to high inventory, and 5% due to other reasons."

He added, "With the planning done in the past year, a 7% growth in production was achieved, and this trend will continue with even more growth in the current year. We aim to realize production plans with the assistance of holdings and petrochemical complexes."

Electricity Swap by Petrochemicals:

Chegeni also addressed electricity swaps by petrochemical companies, stating, "Petrochemical companies receive an average of 204 megawatts of electricity through the national grid. Surplus electricity production is swapped with the national grid by utility companies to sustain production."

"West-based holding subsidiaries have created 105 megawatts of electricity production capacity and become self-sufficient in electricity supply. They are also in the process of developing an additional 100 megawatts of capacity," Chegeni concluded.

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