Iran’s National Petrochemical Company (NPC) has begun commissioning the Ilam high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in western Iran. ISNA news agency on 5 November quoted plant manager Javad Kamari as saying the plant was initially producing at a rate of 25 tons/hour, and that when it is fully brought into operation it will be able to deliver 300,000 tons/year of HDPE. Earlier he told the petroleum ministry’s Shana website that Ilam can receive up to 40 tons/hour of ethylene feedstock.

NPC director Mohammad Peyvandi was quoted by Shana on 2 November as saying that ethylene for commissioning Ilam had been received through a 135km link to the West Ethylene Pipeline, the 1,200 km first phase of which entered into operation late last year. It is designed to carry ethylene feedstock from Assaluyeh to 14 petrochemicals plants along its route (MEES, 21 December 2012). (CONTINUED - 277 WORDS)