Ali Pajouhan said the above on Wednesday while addressing a ceremony to unveil the domestically-made SAC 500 Catalyst which is used for production of PE-100 grade polyethylene pipes.
"Let's not allow the catalysts to become the bottleneck of the petrochemical industry to put the country under pressure,” he said.
Reactors are the heart of plants in the petrochemical industry, and their performance is heavily dependent on catalysts, the official noted.
He pointed out that production of the catalyst was monopolized by a few foreign companies, adding domestic production of the item, in addition to bringing about economic benefits for the country, would improve the quality of polyethylene pipes produced in Iran.
PRTC has spent over a decade on developing the technical knowhow for production of the catalyst, and it has carried out various tests on the item before it was introduced for mass production, he added.
The official also added that PRTC had signed 14 trade deals with various companies of which seven concerned production of catalysts which would lead to production of 7 new catalysts by the next calendar year.
He said that every kilogram of SAC 500 Catalyst cost Iran around €300 to €400, while the production cost of the item for Shazand Petrochemical Company was $50 per kilogram and the annual consumption of the catalyst was 40 to 50 tons in Iran.