Iran: Competition for ammonia unit

Three companies were holding technical clarifications with the National Petrochemical Company (NPC) for a contract to build a large-scale ammonia plant in the Bandar Imam Khomeini petrochemical specia…

Three companies were holding technical clarifications with the National Petrochemical Company (NPC) for a contract to build a large-scale ammonia plant in the Bandar Imam Khomeini petrochemical special economic zone, Iran. The 676,500-ton-a-year (t/y) facility is to be located at the existing Razi petrochemical complex. There are already two ammonia facilities at the site, which produce 330,000 t/y each. Bidders for the scheme included Germany“s Krupp Uhde and Italy“s Snamprogetti, as well as an unidentified Japanese company. The two European companies have been frequent bidders on local fertiliser projects in recent years. Bids were expected by 23 February for a polyvinyl chloride plant in Bandar Imam. Several international firms cooperating with local partners were prequalified in 2001 to bid for the 300,000-t/y unit. International/local partnerships have also submitted bids to provide technology and basic engineering for an 80,000-t/y soda ash plant in the southern province of Shiraz.