Now Total considers investing $10bn in Iranian petrochemicals development

Just months after signing a $5bn deal  to participate in the development of Iran’s giant offshore  South Pars gas field,  the French energy major Total  is set to invest a further $10bn in the development of  its petrochemical industry, an advisor to  Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said yesterday.
“The investment deal is going through the final phases and will be signed soon,” Movaied Hossaini Sadr told the state-owned IRINN news channel, adding that two Germany companies – BASF and Linde  – and an unspecified Japanese firm were also actively considering investing in the industry. Iran’s current capacity for producing petrochemical products stands at 60 million tons and the country is drawing up plans to  almost double that figure to 110 million tons.
In July, Total became the first European oil company after more than a decade of sanctions to sign a contract with Tehran when it led a consortium to develop Phase 11 of  South Pars, the largest natural gas field in the world.  Total  took a 50.1% stake in the project, and along with China’s CNPC (30%) and  Iran’s Petropars (19.9%), plans to begin gas  production for the Iranian market from 2021.
The future development of another of the country’s major offshore gas fields, the Farzad-B, is running less smoothly after talks between Iran and India appeared to have ground to a halt. Piqued by India’s decision to cut oil imports, the authorities in Tehran announced that it was to put the Farzad-B contract up for auction, despite a consortium of Indian oil and gas exploration companies having offered  to commit $11bn to the project – $6bn for the  development of its gas fields, and a further $5bn for the construction of an LNG terminal and export facilities.  

Source: TREND