Iran's petrochemical production rises to 68 million tons
Tehran, Iran, Feb.6
Iran's petrochemical production has increased during the past four decades by 22 times, while mine and trade fields have had considerable share of growth during this time as well.
Iranian Minister of Industries Mine and Trade Reza Rahmani has announced that the country's petrochemical production has increased from 3 million tons in 1979 to 68 million tons today, Trend reports citing Tasnim news agency.
"The number of industrial units in 1979 was 1,503, while now after forty years, it has grown 57 times to 85,000 units, while the amount of mineral units have increased 32 times from 195 to 6,386 active units. The industrial parks have increased in number as well, from three to 978," he added.
"Considering the progress in this field, the country would have remarkable progress in next two years," said Rahmani.
Speaking about Iran's mining capacity, the official said that mining and exploration in the country have increased from 19.6 million tons from the early years of Islamic revolution to 735 million tons - an increase of 37 times.
"Considering Iran's high mineral capacity and having 51 billion tons of mineral reserves, the new explorations would increase these figures," he said.
"Iran had considerable progress in aluminum and copper production during the past forty years as well, the aluminum production has increased from 45,000 tons to 457,000 tons, while the cathode copper production was 250,000 tons," he added.
Speaking of Iran's imports and exports, Rahmani said that Iran had $5 million worth of non-oil exports and $10 billion worth of non-oil imports in 1979, and in current Iranian year (March21, 2019) the number of non-oil exports surpassed the imports.