13 October 2010 04:15 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Iran’s Borzouyeh Petrochemical Co and Bandar Imam Petrochemical Co (BIPC) are undecided on the restart date of their aromatics units, as feedstock reformate was in demand for gasoline production, a source close to the companies said late on Tuesday.
“Borzouyeh and BIPC have not restarted [their plants], as reformate is being used for blending,” he said.
The two plants, operated by the country’s National Petrochemical Co (NPC), were taken off line at the end of August, after the US imposed sanctions on importing gasoline into Iran.
The company was also unsure about when its two downstream styrene monomer (SM) and paraxylene (PX) units, which are also off line at present, would be restarted, he mentioned.
Iran is a net exporter of benzene into Europe and Asia.
However, Pars Petrochemical has been diverting benzene for SM production since its start-up in the beginning of this year, and has reduced the country’s export volume.
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