Unlike the outgoing Ebrahimi-Asl, Nejabat has been working in the sector for years, heading NPC’s tendering arm, Petrochemical Industries Development Management Company (Pidmco). He was also closely involved with the development of Bandar Imam into a major centre of petrochemicals production.

‘The whole sector has just ground to a halt in the past few months,’ says a senior manager at a major local contracting company. ‘I really hope the change in management can make a difference and get some projects moving again.’

Nejabat was a key adviser to Ebrahimi-Asl, sharing a conviction in the strengths of local contractors. It was partly

on his advice that the olefins

11 contract with a consortium led by Germany’s Linde was

cancelled earlier this year (MEED 28:4:06).