TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh in a virtual ceremony on Monday officially launched three major pipelines for the transfer of petroleum products.
The projects are the 26-inch Shazand-Qom-Rey pipeline for the transfer of petroleum products with a length of 293 km and a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day; the 20-inch Naein-Kashan-Rey pipeline with a length of 420 km and a capacity of 204,000 barrels per day of petroleum products; and the 14-inche Tabriz-Khoy-Urmia pipeline with a length of 220 km from Tabriz to Urmia with a total capacity of 65,000 barrels per day.
Investment in Shazand-Qom-Rey pipeline project was 2,500 billion Iranian rials, Naein-Kashan-Rey pipeline project 5,040 billion Iranian rials and 84.5 million euros and Tabriz-Khoy-Urmia project cost 2,100 billion Iranian rials.
Increasing product transfer capacity by 300,000 barrels per day on the route from Shazand to Rey and 4.3 million cubic meters of excavation are among the measures taken in the Shazand-Qom-Rey pipeline project. The contractor of the project, whose contract was in the form of EPC, was the Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters and its consultant was Tarh Andishan Consulting Engineers.
The transfer of diesel, kerosene and gasoline produced in the Persian Gulf Star, Bandar Abbas and the Ati Hormuz refineries to Naein and Kashan and from there to Tehran has been one of the objectives of construction of the Naein-Kashan-Rey pipeline.
Construction of 10 fixed and movable roof tanks with a total capacity of 300,000 cubic meters in Naein is one of the side projects of this project. In addition, a new pump house was built in Kashan under this project and the existing Naein pump house was expanded.
Preparation and installation of three electric pumps, construction of a 240-cubic-meter relief tank, construction of administrative and industrial buildings in Khoy and Urmia terminals, construction of 8-inch pipeline of the old line of Urmia, construction of 24 km of 10-inch Salmas-Khoy pipeline and intermediate facilities, implementation of 260 km of fiber optic cable, construction of additional facilities of Tabriz-Khoy-Urmia pipeline have been some of the measures taken in implementation of Tabriz-Khoy-Urmia pipeline project.
In this project, the type of contract of which is EPC, 2,100 billion Iranian rials was invested and one of the benefits of its implementation is the elimination of the traffic of 500 tankers, which in addition to economic savings, also brings environmental benefits.
Iran Fully Self-Sufficient in
The CEO of the National Iranian Oil Engineering and Construction Company Saeed Sattari Naeini said: "We have become completely self-sufficient in construction and implementation of crude oil and petroleum products transmission pipelines under the most difficult economic conditions and sanctions.”
The official said the company is currently working on 1,000 km of pipelines as well as 15 pressure stations and pump houses.
‘Export of Petroleum Products Quadrupled’
Addressing a virtual ceremony to launch 3 major pipelines for the transfer of petroleum products , Zangeneh said the country’s export of petroleum products saw a 4-fold increase since 2013.
The minister said that the administration had carried out great work in the field of refining, distribution and export of petroleum products, adding that the country’s refining capacity has increased from 1,800,000 barrels per day in 2013 to the current figure of 2,200,000 barrels per day.
"The daily production of gasoline in the country has increased from less than 50 million liters to 107 million liters and the daily production of diesel has increased from 94 million liters to 113 million liters in [the calendar year of] 1398 (which ended on March 2020),” he said.
Referring to the quality of processed products, Zangeneh said: "The quality of the produced items has increased sharply in recent years; production of Euro-4 and 5 gasoline was zero in [the calendar year of] 1391 (ended on March 2013) and reached more than 76 million liters in 1398. Daily production of Euro quality diesel also increased from 6 million liters per day in early 1392 to 45 million liters in 1398.”
He noted that the export of petroleum products has also quadrupled due to the increase in gas supply and the increase in refining production capacity, adding that the export of petroleum products has increased from 5.9 million tons per day in 1391 to 23 million tons in 1398.