June 7, 2019: OFAC sanctions Iranian petrochemical companies

On Friday, OFAC added the following entities to the Iran and non-proliferation of weapons one mass destruction (NPWMD) sanctions programs:

ARVAND PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, East 9th Floor, Building No. 46, Karimkhan Zand Boulevard, Near by Ansar Bank, Hafte-E-Tir Square, Tehran 1584893117, Iran; Site 3, Mahshahr 1584851181, Iran; Website http://www.arvandpvc.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Business Registration Number 6494 (Iran) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

ATLAS OCEAN AND PETROCHEMICAL (AOPC), Dubai Airport Free Zone, United Arab Emirates [NPWMD] (Linked To: ILAM PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY).

BANDAR IMAM ABNIROO PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

BANDAR IMAM BESPARAN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

BANDAR IMAM FARAVARESH PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. FARAVARESH BANDAR IMAM COMPANY), Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex, Bandar Imam Khomeini, Khuzestan, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

BANDAR IMAM KHARAZMI PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

BANDAR IMAM KIMIYA PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

BROOJEN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. BROUJEN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY), About 8 km southwest of Borujen City, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] (Linked To: IRANIAN INVESTMENT PETROCHEMICAL GROUP COMPANY; Linked To: DAH DASHT PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRIES; Linked To: MODABBERAN EQTESAD COMPANY).

DAH DASHT PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRIES (a.k.a. DAHDASHT PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRIES; a.k.a. DEHDASHT PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRIES CO.), Afrigha Boulevard, Below the JahanKodak, No. 9th Street, Petrochemical Trading Building, 7/5000 5th floor, Unit 21, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.dpi-co.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] (Linked To: IRANIAN INVESTMENT PETROCHEMICAL GROUP COMPANY).

FAJR PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

GACHSARAN POLYMER INDUSTRIES (a.k.a. GACHSARAN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY), Shahid Vahid Dastgerdi Street, Naseri St., Kian St. 11th Floor Unit 3, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.gpetroc.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] (Linked To: IRANIAN INVESTMENT PETROCHEMICAL GROUP COMPANY).

HEMMAT PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

HENGAM PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. HENGAM PETROCHEMICAL CO), 4th Floor, No 22, 16th Avenue, Khlid Islomboli Street, Tehran 1513643911, Iran; 5th Street, Ahmed Ghasir Street, Khaled Eslamboli Avenue 22, Tehran, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 1924 (Iran) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

HORMOZ UREA FERTILIZER COMPANY, Iran; Website http://www.hormoz-fc.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

ILAM PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. ILAM PETROCHEMICAL; a.k.a. ILAM PETROCHEMICAL CO; a.k.a. ILAM PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRIES), Afar Blvd – Below Shahid Hemmat Bridge – Ninth Gandhi Side – Building No. 2 Petrochemical Company – First Floor, Tehran, Iran; Ilam – Chawar – Ilam Petrochemical Complex, Iran; Website http://www.ilampetro.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 253861 (Iran) [NPWMD] (Linked To: IRANIAN INVESTMENT PETROCHEMICAL GROUP COMPANY).

IRANIAN INVESTMENT PETROCHEMICAL GROUP COMPANY (a.k.a. IRANIAN PETROCHEMICAL INVESTMENT GROUP COMPANY), Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

IRANIAN PETROCHEMICAL INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT COMPANY, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

KAROUN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. KAROON PETROCHEMICAL; a.k.a. KAROON PETROCHEMICAL CO; a.k.a. KRNPC), No 17, Shahid Khalilzadeh Ally, Vanak Square, Valiasr Street, Tehran 1965754351, Iran; Block 6, Petrochemical Zone Site 2, Special Economic Zone, Imam Khomeini Port, Mahshahr, Tehran 1965754351, Iran; Site 2, Central Office Address, Special Industrial Zone, Mahshahr, Khuzestan, Iran; Site 2, Karoon Petrochemical Complex 6358159385, Iran; P.O. Box 1969754351, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.krnpc.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 9645 (Iran) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

KHOUZESTAN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

LORDEGAN UREA FERTILIZER COMPANY (a.k.a. KODE SHIMIYAIE OREH LORDEGAN; a.k.a. LORDEGAN PETROCHEMICAL CO.; a.k.a. LORDEGAN UREA FERTILIZER CO.), No. 48, Saadat Abad, Farahzadi Boulevard, Nakhlestan Street, Golestan Alley-I, Tehran 1517769513, Iran; 3rd Floor, No. 24, Kafi Abadi Street, Pesyan Street, Moghadas Ardebili Avenue, Zaferanieh, Tehran 1987957553, Iran; Beginning of Kashan Boulevard, Second Floor, No. 2, Shahrekord, Iran; P.O. Box 1517769513, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.lordegan.co; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration ID 7603 (Iran) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

MODABBERAN EQTESAD COMPANY (a.k.a. MODABERAN EGHTESAD), Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

NAGHMEH FZE (a.k.a. NAGHMEH COMPANY), United Arab Emirates [NPWMD] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY COMMERCIAL CO.).

NPC ALLIANCE CORPORATION (a.k.a. NPC ALLIANCE PETROCHEMICAL CO), 44th Floor Pbcom Tower Ayala Avenue, Makati 1226, Philippines; 19th Floor Antel 2000 Corporate Center, 121 Valero St, Salcedo Village, Makati City 1226, Philippines; PAFC Industrial Park, Barangay Batangas II, Mariveles, Bataan 2105, Philippines; Website http://www.pnoc-afc.com.ph; alt. Website http://www.npcac.com.ph; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

PAZARGAD NON INDUSTRIAL OPERATION COMPANY (a.k.a. NON-INDUSTRIAL OPERATION SERVICES PAZARGAD; a.k.a. PAZARGAD NON-INDUSTRIAL OPERATIONS CO.), Complex of Petrochemical Projects, Triangular Site, P.O. Box 9531795616, Assaluyeh, Bushehr, Iran; Khalid Islumboli Street, Fifth Alley, No. 22, Second Floor, Tehran 1513643911, Iran; Website http://www.pazargad.org; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

PERSIAN GULF APADANA PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. APADANA PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY), Unit 14, 3rd Floor, No. 22, 5th Alley, Vozara St (Khalede Eslamboli), District 6, Tehran, Iran; Website http://pgapco.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

PERSIAN GULF BID BOLAND GAS REFINERY COMPANY (a.k.a. PERSIAN GULF BIDBOLAND GAS TREATING COMPANY), Unit 501, Fifth Floor, Block 8, Shahid Beheshti Street, Ahmad Qasir, Bukharest Avenue 1513645311, Iran; Website http://www.pgbidboland.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 389019 (Iran) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

PERSIAN GULF FAJR YADAVARAN GAS REFINERY COMPANY, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO. (a.k.a. PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRIES; a.k.a. PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRIES CO. PLC; a.k.a. PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY; a.k.a. PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY COMPANY; a.k.a. PGPIC), No. 38, Avenue Karim Khan Zand Blvd., Hafte Tir Square, Tehran 1584893313, Iran; No. 38, Karim Khan Zand Street, Haft Tir Square, Tehran 1584851181, Iran; Website http://www.pgpic.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Business Registration Number 89243 (Iran) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: KHATAM OL ANBIA GHARARGAH SAZANDEGI NOOH).

PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY COMMERCIAL CO. (a.k.a. PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRIES COMMERCIAL COMPANY; a.k.a. PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY COMMERCIAL; a.k.a. PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY-COMMERCIAL COMPANY; a.k.a. PGPICC), No. 38, Karimkhan Zand Boulevard, Haft Tir Square, Tehran 158489331, Iran; P.O. Box 1584851181, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.pgpicc.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 476760 (Iran) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRIES DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT COMPANY (a.k.a. PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRIES DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT; a.k.a. PIDMCO), Karim Khan Zand Street, Haft Tir Square, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.pidmco.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration ID 89247 (Iran) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

PETROCHEMICAL NON-INDUSTRIAL OPERATIONS & SERVICES CO. (a.k.a. PETROCHEMICAL NON-INDUSTRIAL OPERATIONS AND SERVICES CO.), Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

RAHAVARAN FONOON PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. “RFPC”), Site 3, Economic Special Zone, Bandar-e Emam Khomeyni, Bandar Mahshar, Khuzestan Province 6356178755, Iran; Floor 7, Bldg No. 46, First of Karim Khan Zand St., & Tir Square, Tehran, Iran; Petrochemical Complex, Pars Special Economic Zone, Assaluye, Bushehr Province, Iran; Website http://www.rfpc.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

URMIA PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. “UPC”), Iran; Website http://www.urpcc.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

and updated the following existing designations:

BANDAR IMAM PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, North Kargar Street, Tehran, Iran; Mahshahr, Bandar Imam, Khuzestan Province, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN]. -to- BANDAR IMAM PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. BANDAR IMAM PETROCHEMICAL; a.k.a. BANDAR IMAM PETROCHEMICAL CO; a.k.a. BANDAR IMAM PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY LTD; a.k.a. “BIPC”), North Kargar Street, Tehran, Iran; Mahshahr, Bandar Imam, Khuzestan Province, Iran; Imam Khumaini Port, Mahshahr, Khuzestan, Iran; P.O. Box 314, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; National ID No. 6301 (Iran) [IRAN] [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

BOU ALI SINA PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. BUALI SINA PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY), No. 17, 1st Floor, Daman Afshar St., Vanak Sq., Vali-e-Asr Ave, Tehran 19697, Iran; Petrochemical Special Economic Zone (PETZONE), Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN]. -to- BU ALI SINA PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. BOU ALI SINA PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY; a.k.a. BUALI SINA PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY), No. 17, 1st Floor, Daman Afshar St., Vanak Sq., Vali-e-Asr Ave, Tehran 19697, Iran; Petrochemical Special Economic Zone (PETZONE), Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN] [NPWMD] [IFSR](Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

MOBIN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, South Pars Special Economic Energy Zone, Postal Box: 75391-418, Assaluyeh, Bushehr, Iran; PO Box, Mashhad, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN]. -to- MOBIN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. MOBIN PETROCHEMICAL; a.k.a. “MPC”), Southern Pars Special Economic Energy Zone, Assaluyeh, Bushehr, Iran; No. 50, DamanAfshar Alley, Vanak Square, ValiAsr Street, Tehran 19697-53111, Iran; P.O. Box 75391-418, Bushehr 1969753111, Iran; PO Box, Mashhad, Iran; Website http://www.mobinpc.net; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration ID 837 (Iran) [IRAN] [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

NOURI PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. BORZUYEH PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY; a.k.a. NOURI PETROCHEMICAL COMPLEX), Pars Special Economic Energy Zone, Assaluyeh Port, Bushehr, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN]. -to- NOURI PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (f.k.a. BORZOUYEH PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY; a.k.a. BORZUYEH PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY; a.k.a. NOURI PETROCHEMICAL; a.k.a. NOURI PETROCHEMICAL CO; a.k.a. NOURI PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (LLP); a.k.a. NOURI PETROCHEMICAL COMPLEX), Pars Special Economic Energy Zone, Assaluyeh Port, Bushehr, Iran; Nouri (Borzouyeh) Petrochemical Company, Pars Special Economy Zone, Assalouyeh, Bushehr, Iran; P.O.Box 75391-115, Bushehr, Iran; Pars Special Economy Energy Zone, Assalouyeh Port in the North Side of Persian Gulf, Bushehr, Iran; Website http://www.bpciran.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; National ID No. 941 (Iran) [IRAN] [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

NPC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (a.k.a. N P C INTERNATIONAL LTD; a.k.a. NPC INTERNATIONAL COMPANY), 5th Floor NIOC House, 4 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0NE, United Kingdom; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; UK Company Number 02696754 (United Kingdom); all offices worldwide [IRAN]. -to- NPC INTERNATIONAL (a.k.a. N P C INTERNATIONAL LTD; a.k.a. NPC INTERNATIONAL COMPANY; a.k.a. NPC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED), 5th Floor NIOC House, 4, Victoria Street, London SW1H 0NE, United Kingdom; NIOC House, 4 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0NE, United Kingdom; 4 Victoria Street, London SW1 H0NB, United Kingdom; Website http://www.nipc.net; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Number 02696754 (United Kingdom); all offices worldwide [IRAN] [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

PARS PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, Pars Special Economic Energy Zone, PO Box 163-75391, Assaluyeh, Bushehr, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN]. -to- PARS PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. ASALOUYEH PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY; a.k.a. PARS PETROCHEMICAL CO.; a.k.a. “P.P.C.”), Pars Special Economic Energy Zone, PO Box 163-75391, Assaluyeh, Bushehr, Iran; P.O. Box 163-7539111370-75118, Iran; Pars Economic Special Zone, Asalouyeh, Bushehr, Iran; Website http://www.parspc.net; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN] [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

SHAHID TONDGOOYAN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. SHAHID TONDGUYAN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY), Petrochemical Special Economic Zone (PETZONE), Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN]. -to- SHAHID TONDGOYAN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. SHAHID TANDGOOYAN PETROCHEMICAL CO.; a.k.a. SHAHID TONDGOOYAN PETROCHEMICAL CO.; a.k.a. SHAHID TONDGUYAN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY; a.k.a. “STPC”), Petrochemical Special Economic Zone (PETZONE), Iran; Valiasr Street, Above Vanak Square, Shahid Daman Afshar, Plain No. 50, Tehran 1969753111, Iran; Khuzestan Imam Khomeini Port Special Economic Zone, 4th Shahid Tondgoyan Petrochemical Company 6356174196, Iran; P.O. Box 333, Iran; Website http://www.stpc.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN] [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PERSIAN GULF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.).

And Treasury issued the following press release:

Treasury Sanctions Iran’s Largest Petrochemical Holding Group and Vast Network of Subsidiaries and Sales Agents

PGPIC Awards IRGC Construction Firm Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Contracts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against Iran’s largest and most profitable petrochemical holding group, Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC), for providing financial support to Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters (Khatam al-Anbiya), the engineering conglomerate of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).  In addition to PGPIC, OFAC is designating PGPIC’s vast network of 39 subsidiary petrochemical companies and foreign-based sales agents.  PGPIC and its group of subsidiary petrochemical companies hold 40 percent of Iran’s total petrochemical production capacity and are responsible for 50 percent of Iran’s total petrochemical exports.

“By targeting this network we intend to deny funding to key elements of Iran’s petrochemical sector that provide support to the IRGC,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “This action is a warning that we will continue to target holding groups and companies in the petrochemical sector and elsewhere that provide financial lifelines to the IRGC.” 

“The IRGC systemically infiltrates critical sectors of the Iranian economy to enrich their coffers, while engaging in a host of other malign activities,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker.

The IRGC and its major holdings, such as the Basij Cooperative Foundation and Khatam al-Anbiya, have a dominant presence in Iran’s commercial and financial sectors, controlling multi-billion dollar businesses and maintaining extensive economic interests in the defense, construction, aviation, oil, banking, metal, automobile and mining industries, controlling multi-billion dollar businesses.  The profits from these activities support the IRGC’s full range of nefarious activities, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery, support for terrorism, and a variety of human rights abuses, at home and abroad.

In 2018, Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum awarded the IRGC’s Khatam al-Anbiya ten projects in oil and petrochemical industries worth the equivalent of 22 billion dollars, a value four times the official budget of the IRGC.  In late 2016, Iran’s Minister of Petroleum asked the IRGC’s Khatam al-Anbiya to increase its investment and presence across Iran’s oil and petrochemical industries.    

OVERVIEW OF TODAY’S ACTION

Today’s action targets PGPIC for its connection to Khatam al-Anbiya, the economic arm of the IRGC, along with PGPIC’s network of major petrochemical companies across Iran and its foreign-based subsidiaries and their sales agents.  This extensive network of petrochemical companies represents Iran’s most profitable petrochemical holding.  Its parent corporation, PGPIC, has awarded major engineering, procurement, and construction contracts to the IRGC’s Khatam al-Anbiya, generating hundreds of millions of dollars for an IRGC economic conglomerate that stretches across Iran’s major industries.    

OFAC is designating PGPIC for having provided, or attempted to provide, financial, material, technological, or other support for, or goods or services to or in support of, Khatam al-Anbiya, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which authorizes sanctions on WMD proliferators and their supporters.

The following are Iran-based PGPIC subsidiary petrochemical companies that OFAC is also designating pursuant to E.O. 13382 for being owned or controlled by PGPIC.

  • Arvand Petrochemical Company
  • Bandar Imam Abniroo Petrochemical Company
  • Bandar Imam Besparan Petrochemical Company
  • Bandar Imam Faravaresh Petrochemical Company
  • Bandar Imam Kharazmi Petrochemical Company
  • Bandar Imam Kimiya Petrochemical Company
  • Bandar Imam Petrochemical Company
  • Bu Ali Sina Petrochemical Company
  • Fajr Petrochemical Company
  • Hengam Petrochemical Company
  • Hormoz Urea Fertilizer Company
  • Iranian Investment Petrochemical Group Company
  • Iranian Petrochemical Investment Development Management Company
  • Karoun Petrochemical Company
  • Khouzestan Petrochemical Company
  • Lordegan Urea Fertilizer Company
  • Mobin Petrochemical Company
  • Modabberan Eqtesad Company
  • Nouri Petrochemical Company
  • Pars Petrochemical Company
  • Pazargad Non Industrial Operation Company
  • Persian Gulf Apadana Petrochemical Company
  • Persian Gulf Bid Boland Gas Refinery Company
  • Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industry Commercial Co.  (PGPICC)
  • Persian Gulf Fajr Yadavaran Gas Refinery Company
  • Petrochemical Industries Development Management Company
  • Rahavaran Fonoon Petrochemical Company
  • Shahid Tondgoyan Petrochemical Company
  • Urmia Petrochemical Company
  • Hemmat Petrochemical Company
  • Petrochemical Non-Industrial Operations & Services Co.

OFAC is designating Ilam Petrochemical Company, Gachsaran Polymer Industries, and Dah Dasht Petrochemical Industries pursuant to E.O. 13382 for being owned or controlled by Iranian Investment Petrochemical Group Company, itself being designated for being owned or controlled by PGPIC.  Broojen Petrochemical Company also is identified as property in which Iranian Investment Petrochemical Group Company, Dah Dasht Petrochemical Industries, and Modabberan Eqtesad Company have an interest.

Additionally, the UK-based NPC International and Philippines-based and NPC Alliance Corporation also are being designated by OFAC pursuant to E.O. 13382 for being owned or controlled by PGPIC.  OFAC is designating two UAE-based entities that have acted as sales agents for PGPIC and its subsidiaries.  Atlas Ocean and Petrochemical is being designated for having provided, or attempted to provide, financial, material, technological, or other support for, or goods or services to or in support of, Ilam Petrochemical Company.  Naghmeh FZE is being designated for acting for or on behalf of PGPICC

GLOBAL IMPACT

A number of entities designated today export products and have known business ties with companies around the globe. International companies that continue to partner with PGPIC and its designated subsidiaries and sales agents will themselves be exposed to U.S. sanctions.  Treasury urges international companies to ensure they are conducting the necessary due diligence to avoid engaging in sanctionable activity with entities that support the Iranian regime’s malign activity.  

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

As of November 5, 2018, the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of petrochemical products from Iran is sanctionable pursuant to E.O. 13846.  Also, knowingly providing insurance or re-insurance for the transport of Iranian petroleum and petrochemical products is sanctionable.  The U.S. government intends to vigorously enforce those sanctions in order to prevent Iran from generating revenue to support its destructive and destabilizing activities around the world.

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of these entities that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC.  OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons. 

In addition, persons that engage in certain transactions with the entities designated today may themselves be exposed to designation.  Furthermore, any foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates a significant financial transaction or provides significant financial services for entities designated in connection with Iran’s proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or any Iranian person on OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons could be subject to U.S. correspondent account or payable-through account sanctions.

As did the State Department:

Today, the United States expanded our campaign to impose maximum economic pressure on the Iranian regime. The U.S. Treasury designated Iran’s largest petrochemical holding group, Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC), for providing support to Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters, the UN-designated engineering conglomerate of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The United States also designated PGPIC’s network of 39 subsidiary petrochemical companies and sales agents. This action will deprive the IRGC of critical revenue.

Our maximum economic pressure is aimed at depriving the Iranian regime of the funding it needs to sustain its expansionist foreign policy. Iran must end its nuclear threats and escalation, stop the testing of advanced ballistic missiles, cease support for terrorist proxies, and halt the arbitrary detention of foreign citizens. The only path forward is for Iran to negotiate a comprehensive deal that addresses these destabilizing behaviors.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Press Release

State Department Press Release

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