Behzad Mohammadi stated that NPC’s
policy was to increase the capacity of propylene production of the country to 3
million tons per year.
“The current production of
propylene is about 980,000 tons per year. Statistical studies show that we now
face a shortage of propylene in the country at around 200,000 tons and by 1404 (2025),
the deficit will be 700,000 tons,” he said.
The official added that with the
production of propylene, the downstream industries could be expanded with more
“Plans have been devised to
enhance propylene production capacity of the country by 2025 by consuming
surplus methanol output by using methanol to propylene (MTP) method,” he added.
Mohammadi, who is also deputy petroleum
minister for petrochemical affairs, said that with easy access to propylene, construction
of petrochemical projects in the central regions of the country could be facilitated.
"These projects could include the production chains in downstream projects.”
The CEO of the National
Petrochemical Company stated that propulsion projects were being implemented in
four axes: methanol, propylene, ethylene and benzene.
Mohammadi, noting the concentration
of methanol units in southern parts of the country, said gas to propylene
(GTPP) had been defined in northern parts of the country, instead.