Why is the green dome petrodome coming to Afghanistan?
With the green domes of Karoon Petrochemical Company now in operation in Afghanistan, the company has gone from being a sleepy green dome supplier to an international power in the country.
The company was founded in 2007 and is one of the biggest producers of green domed oil, which is used to produce synthetic rubber, tires and plastics.
The Afghan government has invested heavily in the petrochemist’s production.
According to the US Department of State, Karoon is one a dozen petrocoke companies that have operations in Afghanistan.
Petrochemical exports are estimated at $1.5 billion annually, and the company’s turnover has risen from $2.5 million in 2007 to $5.6 million in 2018.
It’s also one of just three petroclones in Afghanistan that are international.
The other two are in the north-west, and are operated by private companies.
Afghanistan is one country where petro chemists have had to deal with harsh winter weather and a lack of water supply.
“The weather is getting worse and worse,” said Zulfiqar Hussain, a former senior engineer for Karoon who now runs a consultancy.
“It’s very cold and very wet.
We have no water.”
But the country’s economic situation is improving.
“Karoon Petrodome has an excellent reputation.
There’s not much competition,” said Hamid.
“We’re able to operate even in Afghanistan with only one producer.”
The company is also growing rapidly.
Last year, the government invested more than $5 billion in Karoon’s operations.
“Afghanistan is not a small country,” said Ali Hamdan, the former deputy director of the Afghan Industry Authority.
“This investment is going to be the key to achieving the ambitious goal of the Green Dome Project.”
The Afghan Energy Minister said the country is ready to export more than half a billion cubic meters of petrodome a year.
“Our goal is to reach half a trillion cubic meters, or more than 70 percent of the total capacity of Karounpetro Chemical Company,” he told Al Jazeera.
The petrocompany is still dependent on foreign investment.
“Petrochemical is not our only source of revenue,” Hussain said.
“All of our suppliers also depend on us, and we need to ensure that they are able to meet the demands of our customers.
We need to be flexible.”
The Green Dome PetroChemistry is also an investment that could help Afghan society and the economy.
“There are a lot of Afghans who have the idea of building their own factories, but they can’t do it,” Hussain added.
“They need to have access to these technologies.”
The green dome is made of carbon dioxide-based plastic and is made with a synthetic rubber called synthetic cinnamaldehyde.
The rubber is then coated with the petrolatum, a thick material that has the same molecular structure as the cement used to build roads.
The plastic is then wrapped in a polyurethane film and coated in an aluminum coating, which helps prevent the water-borne bacteria from spreading.
“Once you add a lot more water, it’s not just a rubber.
It becomes a real life preservative,” Hussain explained.
Karoon and other petro chemicals have a number of other uses, such as in making food and clothing, and also in cleaning and manufacturing.
The country has one of only two petro factories that export petro chemistry to the United States.
“I think this project will help the Afghan economy tremendously,” said Ahmed Shoaib, an Afghan-American entrepreneur.
“With these technologies, it will create thousands of jobs.”
But not everyone is convinced that the green Dome Petrodomes will have a big impact in Afghanistan – especially when the country still has some of the poorest roads in the world.
“Why are the roads in Afghanistan?
Why is it not safe for a child to go to school?
Why are the people in the countryside suffering?” said Ghulam Nuri, a member of the countrys Parliament.
“That’s the question that needs to be answered.”