Petchem output, export rise despite sanctions: APIC

21 November, 2020
Source: Tehran times

Secretary-General of Iran's Association of Petrochemical Industry Corporation (APIC) said the country’s petrochemical production and exports have increased in the first six months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20-September 21) despite the limitations caused by the pandemic and the U.S. sanctions.

Ahmad Mahdavi Abhari noted that the country's petrochemical production in the first half of this year has increased by at least five million tons compared to the same period last year.

"We expect the figure to increase by eight million tons by the end of the current year,” he said.
Mentioning the decline in the price of petrochemical products during the first two months of the current year (March 20-May 20) due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the official noted that despite the decline in the prices the sales of Iranian products did not fall.
“Many of Iran's petrochemical products have been pre-sold, and for some products, if someone wants to make a purchase, they must wait in line for at least three months, because some products have been pre-sold for the next three months,” he said.

According to Abhari, in addition to increasing exports, the supply of petrochemical products to the domestic market for use in downstream industries has also increased.

He further said that many of the country’s petrochemical complexes now produce more than their nominal capacity, adding that in the first six months of this year, the supply of petrochemicals on the commodity exchange increased by 30 percent compared to the same period last year.

Stating that Iran is currently one of the largest exporters of petrochemical products in the world, Abhari said: "Petrochemical industry is the most valuable industry in the country during the sanctions period and this industry has injected the most export revenues into the Nima system."

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