Khuzestan Petrochemical Company
implements the engineering polymers project that was initiated in 2000, the
test production of which started in October 2003.
Khuzestan Petrochemical Company is the
first complex producing two prominent examples of engineering polymers in the
Middle East; that is, polycarbonate and epoxy resins. The engineering polymers
project started with purchasing technical know-how from Germany’s Salzgiter
Company and detailed designs as well as construction and installations
operations were carried out by Iranian specialists.
The project’s feed is imported phenol
and acetone and the contract for importing the said substances will soon be
signed at the Special Economic Petrochemical Zone. Meanwhile, chlorine and
caustic soda will be supplied by Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex.
All design and
engineering phases of the project were carried out inside the country and
Iranian contractors also implemented construction and installation
Khuzestan Petrochemical Company is to
produce 35,000 tons end product per annum through complicated processes
comprising 25,000 tons polycarbonate as well as 10,000 tons of liquid and
solid epoxy resins which enjoy high added value and are used in many
Due to their high mechanical strength,
high resistance to shock, and high transparency as well as the ability to
absorb various colors and resist different climatic conditions, polycarbonates
are widely used in automobile industries for manufacturing dashboards and
accessories, bumpers, internal car panels as well as glass covers of car
They are also used for manufacturing
compact disks (CDs), digital video disks (DVDs), covers for swimming pool
ceilings and greenhouses. Polycarbonates are used in military industries to
make resistant glass for the windscreen of fighter planes as well as
Sanitary and medical industries use
polycarbonates for manufacturing transparent bottles for packaging foodstuff
and medicines, various kinds of medical and industrial glasses, optical lenses
with different colors, dialysis instruments, endoscopy, blood transfusion as
well as needle-less ampoules.
Another product of engineering polymers
is epoxy resins that are widely used for coating pipes in oil and gas
industries to prevent corrosion and are also used for producing paints, floor
covers and polymer concrete, which are of great importance in constructing
buildings and bridges.
Technology used by ‘base phenol A’ and
‘epoxy resin’ units of Khuzestan Petrochemical Company, is licensed by
Poland’s ICSO Company and technical know-how for the polycarbonate unit
belongs to a Russian joint stock company which has been presented after
minimal changes by Germany’s Salzgiter Company.
All design and engineering phases of the
project were carried out inside the country and Iranian contractors also
implemented construction and installation operations. A large part of
equipment for the project have been made by domestic manufacturers including
more than 6,500 tons of metal structure, storage tanks, processing towers, as
well as electricity panels and cables.