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Publish Date : 21 January 2020 - 23:26  ,  
News ID: 6736

Official: Iran First Exporter of Catalysts in OPEC

TEHRAN(Basirat): Vice-Chairman of Association of Catalyst Producers of Iran Abdolreza Hamidi announced that the country has ranked first among members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in exporting catalysts.
Official: Iran First Exporter of Catalysts in OPEC

"Iran is now the first catalyst exporter among the OPEC members," Hamidi said on Tuesday.

"Out of high consumption catalysts, 44 have been produced domestically for the petrochemical industry," he added.

Hamidi said by exporting catalysts, Iran has put an end to the monopoly of Universal Oil Products (UOP) which used to supply Iran with these products.

He expressed pleasure that under the tough US sanctions, Iran no more needs importing its commonly-used catalysts, noting that the country exports its produced catalysts to Iraq, Armenia, Pakistan, Syria and Kazakhstan.

Managing-Director of Iran's Persian Gulf Star Refinery (PGSR) Mohammad Ali Dadvar announced in December 2018 that despite the US sanctions, Iranian researchers had been able to produce catalysts needed for production of gasoline.

"Production of catalysts needed in Iranian refineries' gasoline-production units have always been monopolized by a small number of British, French and US firms that have not allowed others at all to attain the know-how," Dadvar said.

"But despite the sanctions, Iran has become needless of dependence on imports of catalysts," he added.

Dadvar said that one of the Iranian knowledge-based companies, namely Supplying Petrochemical Industries Part Equipment and Chemical Engineering Company (SPEC), has assisted the PGSR with production of all catalysts needed in the refinery for making gasoline.