TEHRAN -- Ghadir Petrochemical Complex will put its Phase 2 into operation by March 2008, said a complex official on Sunday.

Ahmad Haqiqat said that 96 percent of the project has been done so far, adding that two percent of the remaining work relates to executive operations and two to exploitation.

He said that the capacity of the cooling water provided by Mobin Petrochemical Company falls short of meeting the need of the complex, however, blaming the utility supply as the main problem of the project.

Production of 5,098,430 tons of urea and ammoniac fertilizers is high on the agenda of four petrochemical complexes in the current Iranian year (started March 2007).

Khorassan, Razi, Shiraz, and Ghadir plants are currently main producers of the commodities, meeting domestic and overseas demands.

Khorassan and Ghadir complexes having an annual production of 825 and 755 million tons of urea and ammoniac have the highest and lowest production shares in the country.

In addition to the said commodities, crystal melamine, sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, de ammonium phosphate, sulfur, nitric acid, ammonium nitrate, nitrate explosive, sodium bicarbonate, chloridric acid are being produced in Khorassan, Razi, and Shiraz complexes. 

At the moment the country"s urea and ammoniac demand stands at 5 million tons, of which only 1.3 million tons are produced by local companies.

Therefore, new provincial Golestan, Lordegan, Zanjan, and Kermanshah petrochemical projects are set to come on stream to fulfill domestic demands.

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