NPC said the plants will use technology from Europe’s Baselland will produce 300,000 tonnes a year (t/y) each, as well as 30,000 t/y of butane-1 based on technology licensed by Europe’s Axens. The 38-month contracts involve basic and detailed engineering, procurement and commissioning and start-up assistance. The plants are to be operated by Bakhtar subsidiaries, Mahabad Petrochemical Companyand Luristan Petrochemical Company.

Tecnimont is also developing another plant on the pipeline – the 300,000-t/y low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant at Sanandaj, in partnership with the local Petrochemical Industries Design & Engineering Company (PIDEC).

Khorasan Petrochemical Company (KPC), another subsidiary of NPC, has also awarded a team of Uhde Indiaand the local Sazeh Consulta contract to build a new sulphur-coated urea facility at its Bojnord complex. The plant will have an output capacity of 90,000 tonnes a year.

The 21-month contract covers engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up services. The technology is licensed by Canada’s Nu-Gro Corporation. The plant is the first of its kind in Iran, NPC says.