Iran Seeks to Expand Refining Capacity

TEHRAN (FNA)- The National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) currently has the construction of 7 refineries across the country in hand.

Khuzestan refinery, The Persian Gulf Star refinery, Shahriar refinery, Anahita refinery, Hormoz refinery, Caspian refinery and Pars refinery are the seven planned refineries, MNA reported.

When these refineries are complete the nation’s refining capacity of crude oil and gas condensates will be raised by 1,560,000 barrels while 110 million liters will be added to its gasoline production.

The Khuzestan heavy crude oil refinery will be built by 2011 by Iranian experts in Arvand Free Zone, seven kilometers southwest of Abadan City.

The refinery would have the daily output capacity of 180,000 barrels and would cost 2.8-3 billion euros.

The government and the parliament have approved that the refinery will be established and run by the private sector.

The refinery will refine the heavy crude oil produced in Azadegan and Yadavaran oil fields. It will also produce 10 million liters of super gasoline complying with Euro IV standard, 12.6 million liters of diesel oil, 3 million liters of jet fuel, five million liters of liquefied gas, and 440 tons of sulfur.

The refinery is 1.4 percent complete now.

The Persian Gulf Star Gas Condensates Refinery in the southern region of Assalouyeh aims to refine 360,000 barrels of gas condensates per day and to produce gasoline, jet fuel, and other valuable products.

The refinery is now 10 percent complete and is supposed to come on stream in 2011.

More than €2 billion will be invested to complete Shahriar refinery in the city of Tabriz.

When the refinery becomes operational, 150,000 barrels daily will be added to Iran’s refining capacity and 70,000 barrels to the country’s gasoline production capacity.

The refinery aims at increasing oil products output and improving the quality of the products.

Lowering gas oil’s sulfur content, complying gas oil with EURO-V standard, and constructing an FCC unit are among the salient features of this project.

Shahriar refinery is 3 percent complete now.

Iran’s Anahita refinery in the western Kermanshah Province is supposed to come on stream in 2012.

The refinery would have the daily output capacity of 150,000 barrels and would cost some $3.5 million.

Hormoz refinery with the capacity of refining 300,000 barrels of heavy and extra heavy crude oil per day is being built in Bandar Abbas.

It is planned to maximize the nation’s production of gasoline and middle distillate products according to European standard.

The refinery which is 5 percent complete now would cost four billion dollars.

Caspian refinery located in the city of Gorgan in the north eastern Golestan province is projected to daily refine 300,000 barrels of crude produced by the Caspian Sea region countries.

Caspian refinery will be completed in four years. The refinery will daily produce 20 million liters of gasoline and 11 million liters of gas oil while some portion of its products will be exported to neighboring countries such as Turkey, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

The implementation of Shiraz’s Pars refinery with the capacity of refining 120,000 barrels of crude per day would cost 800 million euros.

The refinery is 3 percent complete now and will come on stream in 2012.

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