Iran’s Borzouyeh Petrochemicals runs benzene unit at 90%

11 January 2012 03:49  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Iran’s Borzouyeh Petrochemical, a subsidiary of state-owned National Petrochemical Corporation (NPC), is operating its 430,000 tonnes/year benzene unit at 90%, a source close to the company said late on Tuesday.

The unit, based in Assaluyeh, has been operating at this level for the past one and a half months, the source added.

Meanwhile, Pars Petrochemicals’ downstream 600,000 tonnes/year styrene monomer (SM) unit in Assaluyeh was also operating at around 85%, the source said.

The company was still exporting SM from Iran to Asia, the source added.

Recently western powers have tightened sanctions against Iran amid concerns over Tehran’s nuclear programme. The west believes Iran is developing nuclear weapons. However, Iran claims that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.

The other key benzene producers in Iran are Buali Sina and Bandar Imam Petrochemical.

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By: Mahua Chakravarty
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