National Petrochemical Com

pany (NPC)is aiming to open commercial bids for its three major ethane cracker projects by the end of November. An opening ceremony scheduled for October was postponed at the request of bidders to iron out some outstanding technical issues (Petrochemicals, MEED Special Report, 5:11:04, pages 40-41).

The three projects are the largest petrochemical projects now on the table in Iran. Each one is being pursued by four bidders. The olefins 8 and 11 crackers have planned capacities of more than 1 million tonnes a year (t/y), while the Ilam cracker has a planned capacity of 318,000 t/y.

Bidders for the 1.3 million-t/y olefins 11 cracker and for the 1.1 million-t/y olefins 8 cracker are: Paris-based Technip, with the local Nargan; Europe’s ABB Lummus Global, with the local Petrochemical Industries Design & Engineering Company (PIDEC); Germany’s Linde, with the local Sazeh Consult; and a European office of the Shaw Groupwith the local Namvaran Engineers Consultants.

The Assaluyeh-based olefins 11 cracker will now only feed the new ethylene pipeline, which will supply a string of petrochemical plants along the western provinces of the country.

The Ilam cracker will supply feedstock to a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant. Bidders for the cracker are: Technip with Nargan; ABB with PIDEC; Linde with Sazeh; and Shaw with China’s Sinochem.