Iran's Arya Sasol exports on-spec LDPE

14 January 2009 11:15  [Source: ICIS news]

INGAPORE (ICIS news)--Arya Sasol has begun exporting on-spec output from its 300,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Assaluyeh, Iran, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.

"The plant is still facing some teething problems, and production has been intermittently disrupted, but the company has achieved on-spec output and even started exporting to Asia and Europe," the source said.

The plant was currently running at around 50% capacity, but was expected to run at higher rates in the coming months, the source said.

"Right now, the focus is on exports. Later, the company will look at targeting the Iranian market," he added.

Arya Sasol's 300,000 tonne/year high density (HD) PE/medium density (MD) PE swing plant at Assaluyeh began on-spec production in December.

Company officials were not immediately available for comments.

The start-up of the units, originally scheduled for the second half of 2007, was deferred several times due to a shortage of technical personnel.

Arya Sasol is a joint venture between National Petrochemical Co (NPC) and South African chemicals giant Sasol.

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