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Market Report, "Iran Petrochemicals Report Q4 2012", Published

New Energy market report from Business Monitor International: "Iran Petrochemicals Report Q4 2012"

Published on 22 October 2012

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by Bill Thompson


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This quarter we examine the impact of international sanctions on the performance and development of downstream operators, paying particular attention to producers' export performance, credit availability and access to technology. The report assesses progress so far in ongoing projects and how the government is attempting to overcome restraints and the withdrawal of several foreign partners with exposure to North American and European markets in order to raise national petrochemicals capacity to 100mn tonnes per annum (tpa) by 2016.

The government says that in the first quarter of the current Iranian year (beginning March 19) the volume of petrochemical and polymer exports increased despite the heightened sanctions. The National Petrochemical Company reports that its export volumes rose 10% year-on-year (y-o-y) while the value of exports increased 29% y-o-y. This contributed to a 10% increase in production volumes, although EU sanctions were not in force over these months. There are reports that the government is bartering petrochemicals for imports amid a shortage of foreign exchange. The targeting of the oil sector could stimulate exports of petrochemicals if foreign buyers can find a workaround for the financial sanctions.

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The petrochemicals industry is not heavily exposed to the EU market, with China and India representing its chief markets.

Iran continues to report some progress in capacity expansion, with recent additions including the commencement of production at the Arvand Petrochemical complex with capacity of more than 2.8mn tpa of petrochemicals including 240,000tpa polyvinyl chloride production capacity. The Kavyan petrochemicals plant is also due for completion in H212, bringing 1mn tpa of ethylene onstream in the first phase alongside the first phase of the 2.5mn tpa west ethylene pipeline, which will feed plants along its route. Nevertheless, projects due to be completed before 2016, such as the 14th olefins complex in Firouzabad with 1mn tpa ethylene capacity, the 15th olefins complex in Genaveh with 500,000tpa of ethylene and the 17th olefins complex in Ilam with 607,000tpa of ethylene, could be significantly delayed under the sanctions regime. Meanwhile, the 12th olefins complex has been postponed.

Over the last quarter BMI has revised the following forecasts/views:

- With capacity expanding fast, current rates of growth are still too low to bring operating rates up to a level that would make Iranian petrochemicals production profitable.
- BMI forecasts that by 2016, ethylene capacity will total 11.08mn tpa with the expected completion of the olefins 11 and 12 projects, which will have capacities of 2.0mn tpa and 1.2mn tpa respectively.

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Posted 2012-10-22 10:13:00