14 May 2013 18:03 [Source: ICIS news]
TEHRAN (ICIS)--Kavian Petrochemicals’ second 1m tonne/year ethane cracker at Assaluyeh in Iran’s Bushehr province, is at the pre-commissioning stage, a senior official at Kavian’s parent company, Bakhtar Petrochemical Co, said on Tuesday.
“We are waiting for ethane feedstock from the South Pars gas field, if we get the allocation in the next few months, we can start up the cracker by the end of this year,” Davood Reza Rabhani, managing director of Bakhtar Petrochemical Co, said on the sidelines of the 10th Iran Petrochemical Forum on Tuesday.
Kavian’s first 1m tonne/year ethane cracker, which started up late last year, is currently operating at 60% capacity because of feedstock shortage, Rabhani said.
Kavian is currently exporting some of the ethylene output from the cracker to Asia and Turkey while the rest is being domestically consumed, he said.
Because of the US-led sanctions, no foreign equipment suppliers or contractors would take on the Kavian cracker project, Rabhani said. “Therefore, we had to maximise the role of Iranian suppliers and contractors, which enabled us to significantly lower costs,” he said.
The final cost of the project was only $260/tonne of ethylene compared with the original estimated cost of $400/tonne of ethylene.
The two-day IPF conference ended on Tuesday.
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