Iran’s Jam, Arya Sasol crackers run at 60-65% in February

24 February 2010 09:07  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Iran’s Arya Sasol and Jam Petrochemical are running their crackers in Assaluyeh at 60-65% of capacity this month, following outages in January due to utilities issues, a source close to the two companies said on Wednesday.

Arya Sasol’s cracker has an ethylene nameplate capacity of 1m tonnes/year while Jam's cracker can produce 1.32m tonnes/year of ethylene.

Limits on gas feedstock were expected to keep operating rates at reduced levels in the near term, said the source.

Iran mainly exports ethylene from these two crackers, with total ethylene exports last year estimated at around 400,000 tonnes, representing a sharp decline from 680,000-700,000 tonnes in 2008, market sources said.

The country exported lower volumes in 2009 due to cracker outages, as well as start-ups of new derivative polymer plants in Iran, they added.

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