The project will involve the construction of a pipeline stretching from the two main southern petrochemical centres of Assaluyeh and Bandar Imam up the western side of Iran into West Azerbaijan province. The pipeline is expected to supply new complexes at Khoramabad, Kermanshah, Sanandaj and Urumiyah which will be developed as part of the fifth five-year development plan, starting in March 2004.

NPC is understood to be in negotiations with local consulting engineers to start the basic engineering for the project. All construction work is expected to go to local firms, but there will be work for international companies in the supply and installation of pumping stations. A request for prequalifications for the project is expected to be issued this year.

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