0626 GMT December 10, 2022
Amir Vakilzadeh said that the 11 projects will increase Iran’s petrochemical output to 100 million tons per annum (Mtpa), up from the current 90 Mpta, Press TV reported.
Vakilzadeh, who serves as NPC’s deputy head for projects and planning, said the completion of the projects would add some $4 billion to Iran’s annual revenues from the petrochemical sector.
Petrochemicals have accounted for a bulk of Iran’s hard currency revenues since 2018 when the United States imposed a raft of sanctions targeting the country’s crude export.
Current figures show that Iran earns around $17 billion a year from sales of petchem products to domestic and foreign customers.
The Iranian government has invested heavily in the petrochemical sector in recent years.
The NPC rolled out 17 major projects in the year to March 2021 as part of its program to create a Second Leap in the Petrochemical Industry by constructing 43 new petchem plants in Iran.
Vakilzadeh said Iran will focus on finishing the 11 remaining projects from the second leap program this calendar year, adding that the government and private owners had spent $6.3 billion on the 11 projects which he said would need another $2.2 billion to finish.
The official said efforts are underway to progress with the third leap program under which 39 more petchem plants will be launched across Iran by the March 2026 to increase petchem output to 133 Mpta worth $30 billion.