In November 2017, talks were underway with France’s Axens to provide Nouri Petrochemical Company in southern Bushehr Province with technical expertise to build a special unit to sweeten heavy distillates.
"International oil services companies are scrambling to win contracts worth tens of billions to repair and modernize Iran's oil refineries once sanctions are removed, with officials even laying on bus tours for visiting foreign executives. Officials from Iran's oil refining company NIORDC, its National Petrochemical Company and the privately owned Persian Oil and Gas are holding talks with services firms to clinch projects to repair Iran's derelict refining and petrochemical sector... Oil services companies that had been active in building refineries in Iran prior to the sanctions, including Australia’s WorleyParsons, France’s Technip and Axens, South Korea's Daelim and China's Sinopec Engineering were all interested in resuming business in the country, the sources said. The companies declined to discuss whether they are meeting in Iran." (Reuters, “Foreign firms scramble to fix Iran's refineries once sanctions end,” 8/17/2015)