WEP second phase due in Autumn

TEHRAN August 10 (Shanaa)–The second phase of West Ethylene Pipeline (WEP) is expected to become operational later this year, director of the project said.

 Masoud Meysami said the second phase of the project – 585 km long – stretches from Kermanshah to Mahabad in western Iran.

He added that the first phase of the pipeline which stretches from Assaluyeh to Kermanshah has already become operational.

The construction of the pipeline was first adopted in 2002 when Bijan Namdar Zanganeh was serving as petroleum minister. The entire pipeline stretches from Assaluyeh in southern Iran to West Azarbaijan Province in northwestern Iran.

Kavian Petrochemical Plant will convert ethane received from South Pars to ethylene to be injected into West Ethylene Pipeline. Eleven provinces and 14 petrochemical plants are located on the route of the pipeline. The 14 petrochemical plants are either operational or under construction with an investment of 8.5 billion dollars.

The eleven provinces include Fars, Khuzestan, Lorestan, Kohguiluyeh Boyer Ahmad, Chahar Mahal va Bakhtiari, Kurdstan, Kermanshah, Ilam, Hamedan, East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan.

The pipeline is known to be the longest ethylene transfer pipeline in the world.



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