Second phase of Iran’s West Ethylene Pipeline to come on stream soon
Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar.26
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
The second phase of Iran's West Ethylene Pipeline will come on stream soon, the Shana News Agency quoted project manager Masoud Meisami as saying on March 26.
It was planned to inaugurate the pipeline in the second half of the past Iranian calendar year 1392 (ended on March 20), but intense cold weather delayed the project to progress, Meisami explained.
However, the pipeline will come on stream in the near future, the project manager said.
Iranian officials say the pipeline will facilitate the industrial development in the Western part of the country.
The pipeline will carry feedstock to petrochemical plants that lie on its route stretching from Assaluyeh in southern Iran to West Azarbaijan province in north-western Iran.
The construction of the pipeline began in 2002, and it is considered to be the longest ethylene transfer pipeline in the world, which is designed to transfer around 150,000 tons of ethylene to the Tabriz Petrochemical Plant. It will also cater to feedstock requirements of Lorestan, Mahabad and Kurdestan petrochemical plants.
Around 14 petrochemical plants, which are either operational or being constructed with the investment of $8.5 billion, lie on the route of the pipeline, which will pass through 11 provinces of the country such as Fars, Khuzestan, Lorestan, Kohguiluyeh Boyer Ahmad, Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari, Kurdstan, Kermanshah, Ilam, Hamedan, East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan.