Construction operations for the second phase of Kavian Petrochemical Plant have picked up speed for the project to come on-stream in the second half of the current calendar year (September 2013-March 2014), the oil ministry's website said.
A number of important petrochemical projects are to be launched in the second half of the year. The second phase of Kavian Petrochemical Plant, the 11th olefin project, is one of the development projects in the petrochemical sector. It will come into operation on schedule, Shana said.
The main unit of this big plant is undergoing its final technical tests.
The first phase of Kavian Petrochemical Plant will receive its feedstock from the giant South Pars gas field in order to inject more ethylene into West Ethylene Pipeline. Phases 9 and 10 as well as 4 and 5 are to supply feedstock to the plant.
Kavian Petrochemical Plant has the production capacity of two million tons a year.
The second phase of West Ethylene Pipeline is under construction and will become operational in autumn this year.
The section of the pipeline stretching from Kermanshah to Sanandaj in western Iran is fully ready and its hydrostatic tests have been conducted. The sections connecting Sanandaj to Saqez and Saqez to Miandoab as well as the Miandoab-Mahabad sections are close to being completed.
The pipeline is forecasted to come online by November to carry feedstock to petrochemical plants for higher output.
The pipeline is designed to carry 150,000 tons of ethylene to Tabriz Petrochemical Plant. Lorestan, Mahabad and Kurdestan petrochemical plants are also to be fed by West Ethylene Pipeline.