Iran plans to export 17m tons of petrochemicals in calendar year
4/15/2013 12:37:01 PM
Last year some 41 million tons of petrochemicals were produced, the Mehr News Agency quoted Oladi as saying. He added that more than 30 percent of the products were exported.
Domestic petrochemical units also produced some 1.8 billion liters of gasoline in the previous year, he noted. 
Meanwhile, the Shana News Agency quoted Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Abdolhossein Bayat as saying that Iran exported some 16 million tons of petrochemicals in the past Iranian calendar year.
Last year, petrochemical products were exported to around 60 countries of the world, he said.
The Far East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa were the main destinations for the Iranian products.
Earlier in March, Bayat said the country’s petrochemical output is planned to hit 100 million tons by 2015.
In February, Bayat announced Iran’s plans to establish three new petrochemical hubs in the near future, saying the projects will turn Iran into the biggest petrochemical producer in the Middle East, Press TV reported.
Iran has significantly expanded the range and volume of its petrochemical products over the past few years, so that it has become the second largest producer and exporter of petrochemicals in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia.