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Fire breaks out at petrochemical facility in southwest Iran

July 14/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A fire broke out at a facility belonging to the Shahid Tondgooyan Petrochemical Company in southwest Iran but was quickly contained, reported Reuters with reference to the official IRNA news agency, citing a local official.

The fire was caused by an oil leak but did not lead to any casualties or financial damage, Mohsen Beyranvand, the governor of Mahshahr county said, according to IRNA.

Beyranvand described the fire as minor and said it was put out in less than ten minutes.

There have been several explosions around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June.

A gas explosion shook a residential building in Irans capital Tehran on Saturday, injuring one person, the semi-official ISNA news agency quoted the city fire department as saying.

A chlorine gas leak occurred at a unit of the Karoon petrochemicals plant near the port of Bandar Imam Khomeini on the Gulf on July 4, injuring dozens, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported.

As MRC informed before, Iran's petrochemical products will reach 100 million tons by the end of 2021, according to a message from the managing director of the investment department of the National Petrochemical Company of Iran Hossein Alimorad. The volume of Irans petrochemical industry in 2013, Alimorad noted, was only about 56 million tons, and in 2017 - 64 million tons. The total cost of production in the petrochemical industry in 2013 amounted to USD16 billion, and in 2017 this figure reached USD17 billion. According to Alimorad, by 2021, the volume of production in Iran in the petrochemical industry will reach USD25 billion.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 595,170 tonnes in the first five month of 2020, up by 10% year on year. Deliveries of all ethylene polymers, except for linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), rose partially because of an increase in capacity utilisation at ZapSibNeftekhim. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market was 457,930 tonnes in January-May 2020 (calculated by the formula production minus export plus import). Deliveris of exclusively PP random copolymer increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, crude and gaz condensate, PP random copolymer, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Iran, Rossiya.
Category:General News
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