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Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has this week inaugurated four petrochemical plants near the port of Assaluyeh, where onshore processing plants for gas from South Pars offshore field are located.
The move coincided with President Hassan Rohani’s inauguration of five phases of the South Pars field development (see p2 ).
The petchems start-ups include an ethane cracker that will deliver ethylene to a number of polyethylene plants via the West Ethylene Pipeline, which runs northwest from Assaluyeh through relatively underdeveloped regions of western Iran.
At the inauguration ceremony Mr Zanganeh said that the petrochemicals industry is one of the most effective ways of tackling poverty in the country. He adds that the four plants starting up in Assaluyeh will “complete the value chain in the region.”
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