Four local companies have submitted rebids for the estimated $350 million Ilam ethylene cracker in the west. The project was first tendered last year, but was retendered after the price of the original low bidder, China's Sinopec, came in above the client's budget (MEED 4:2:05).
The four proposals are all based on technology licensed by the UK's Stone & Webster. The bidders are: Petrochemical Industries Design & Engineering Company (PIDEC); Namvaran; Bina; and Chagalesh. The winner is expected to be announced in October. The project will be carried out on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis. The plant will have capacity of 450,000 tonnes a year (t/y), a significant increase over the original plans for a 310,000-t/y unit. The client, National Petrochemical Company, decided to boost the unit's proposed output to meet increased ethylene demand in western Iran. The polyethylene plants now under development by Bakhtar Petrochemical Company in the west will be fed by a pipeline from Bandar Imam and Assaluyeh, instead of using locally produced ethylene.