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News number: 9202246646

16:24 | 2013-06-02

Nuclear

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Official: Iran May Use N. Energy for Running Petrochemical Plants

TEHRAN (FNA)- Managing Director of the National Petrochemical Company (NPC) Abdolhossein Bayat said that Iranian petrochemical companies are considering to use nuclear energy for meeting their electricity and steam needs.



"Of course, we might use the peaceful and cheaper nuclear energy for generating steam and electricity in our petrochemical plants …," Bayat told FNA on Sunday.

He noted that nuclear energy will replace fossil energy which is currently used for power generation in Iran's petrochemical plants.

Iran has significantly expanded the range and volume of its petrochemical products over the past few years, and the NPC has become the second largest producer and exporter of petrochemicals in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia.

Iran exports petrochemical products to more than 60 countries. The main destinations include the Far East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa.