20 April 2012 12:25 [Source: ICIS news]
The 100,000 tonne/year unit at Assaluyeh achieved commercial production last week, said Ramezan Oladi, director of planning and development with Iran's National Petrochemical Co (NPC), at the sidelines of Chinaplas, a four-day exhibition in
"Part of the butene-1 output will be captively used in Jam's 300,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) at the same site, while the rest is being exported," he said. The unit achieved full output this week, he added.
Butene-1 is a key ingredient for the production of LLDPE and has been in short supply in recent years.
With the start-up of the new unit, Jam has become the largest butene-1 producer in Iran, overtaking Amir Kabir Petrochemical and Shazand Petrochemical (the renamed Arak Petrochemical) which produce 20,000 tonnes/year and 7,000 tonnes/year respectively.
Jam's Assaluyeh unit uses technologies from France-based Axens.
Officials from Jam were not available for comment.
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