Iran's Borzuyeh aromatics to restart soon, BIPC plant still shut

20 September 2010 05:17  [Source: ICIS news]

TEHRAN (ICIS)--One of the aromatics plants in Iran which were shut down to meet the gasoline  shortage in the country is being restarted soon but another would remain shut, sources close to the companies operating the facilities said on Monday.

Borzouyeh's aromatics facility that produces 480,000 tonnes/year of benzene at Assaluyeh, operated by Iran’s state owned National Petrochemical Co (NPC), is expected to be restarted in the next two-three days, one of the sources said.

“However, the Bandar Imam Petrochemical Co plant (also operated by NPC) at Bandar Imam, that has a benzene capacity of 180,000 tonnes/year, will remain shut indefinitely due to unspecified technical problems,” a second source said.

Industry sources said that production at the facilities were halted as Iran was planning to use aromatics in its domestic gasoline blending pool, given that the country's imports of the fuel were restricted under international sanctions.

“However, there is now enough reformate for gasoline blending to meet the shortage, hence the decision to restart the Borzuyeh facility,” the first source said.

The downstream paraxylene and styrene monomer units would also be restarted shortly after the restart of the Borzuyeh facility, the source added.

With additional reporting by Chow Bee Lin

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