Addressing a gathering of students and intellectuals at the University
of Science and Industry, Morteza Shahmirzai expressed, "Meeting our
technological needs through capable Iranian companies is crucial to liberate
ourselves from foreign dependencies."
Shahmirzai further underlined, "The diversity in product
production within an industry is a key indicator of capability. Today, the
petrochemical industry, with a portfolio comprising 550 product grades, stands
as one of the country's most robust sectors."
"The current annual production capacity of the petrochemical
industry has surged from 57 to 95 million tons compared to previous years, with
over 75 active petrochemical complexes," he added.
Reflecting on the industry's evolution, Shahmirzai remarked,
"Before the Islamic Revolution, the industry was heavily reliant on
foreign sources for goods, equipment, technical knowledge, and catalysts.
However, today, more than 85% of the petrochemical industry's requirements in
these sectors are met by Iranian companies and manufacturers."
The NPC CEO highlighted a pivotal shift, stating, "Unlike the
past, all design, implementation, pre-commissioning, operation, exploitation,
and maintenance are now handled by capable Iranian forces."
He concluded by affirming, "By the end of the current
government's tenure, all catalysts utilized in the oil and other industries
will be indigenized through collaborative efforts between the Petrochemical
Research and Technology Company and indigenous research and knowledge-based