Over 200m cu. m. of sweet gas treated at Fajr Refinery in 3 months

July 30, 2007 - 0:0

TEHRAN (PIN) – Fajr-e Jam Refinery has refined more than 200million cubic meters of natural gas, injecting into the nationwide grid in the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2007).

The refinery received approximately 234 million cubic meters of sour gas from gas fields during the period, sweetening 229 million cubic meters and injecting into gas transmission networks for domestic use. Out of the figure, some 93 million cubic meters of gas was refined and desalinated in the first month, constituting the lion’s share in the quarter. Some 60 million cubic meters was transferred to the refinery, i.e. the lowest volume during the three-month time. The refinery consumed 180 million cubic meters of fuel in the three months – the same amount it used in the corresponding period in the previous year. Some 14,215 cubic meters of gas liquids was also produced by the refinery during the period, of which 5,719 cubic meters – over one-third of the total volume – belonged to the first month. At present, nine refineries are working in Iran, refining over 1.7 million barrels of crude oil and producing more than 225 million liters of oil products, of which over 43 million liters is engine gasoline. Based on the refining plan, the country is to construct three refineries within the next five years and to develop the existing nine refineries in an attempt to increase the crude oil refining capacity to 2.5 million barrels and gasoline production to more than 140 million liters per day. A top energy official said Iran intended to build new refineries in an ongoing effort to reach self-sufficiency in its oil sector. Kamal Daneshyar, chairman of the parliamentary Energy Committee, said four refineries would be initially built in the ports of Abadan and Imam Khomeini in the southern province of Khuzestan. “Our plan is to reach self-sufficiency in producing oil products within the next five years provided that more refineries are constructed.” Daneshyar said Iran’s current refineries would also be revamped for optimum efficiency and that the production of gasoline currently at 40 million liters a day would be quadrupled by 2012. Iran, he said, could export its gasoline within the next five years if the necessary refineries were built. The senior energy official wondered why “other countries bought oil from Iran, refined it and then sold it to Iran because it was justifiable to them,” and regretted that “it was not justifiable for some Iranian officials to build new refineries.” Iran is among the world’s top oil producers. The managing director of National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) said 8.7 billion dollars would be invested in the development of refineries. Mohammadreza Ne’matzadeh added, “We put the plan out to tender, valued at 8.7 billion dollars in the previous year and the credits, due to the signing of main contracts, had opened. “Such a huge investment is unprecedented in the past 10 years,” boasted the deputy ministry of petroleum for oil refining and distribution affairs, expressing hope the executive operations of the projects would be carried out in the current and next years. Referring to main goals of the NIORDC, Ne’matzadeh said, “We seek three objectives in the oil refining and distribution sectors this year. We aim to become self-sufficient in oil products and to prevent imports, to improve the quality and to increase the quantity of oil products through further participation of the private sector, and to manage the energy consumption in order to curb the fuel consumption.” The official added that the oil industry was the basic industry of the country, playing a very important role in developing the economy, providing the public welfare, creating job opportunities, and upgrading the technologies. Desirable dissemination of information and organization of international exhibitions were playing effective roles in updating the general public’s information, added the NIORDC chief. Shifting to the country’s gasoline output, he said the daily petrol production would hit 126.053 million liters by 2011. Ne’matzadeh added the plans on optimization and improvement of refining process and increase of refineries’ capacities would help achieve the objective. “We have carried out comprehensive studies on refineries and have prepared a master plan for every refinery during the past two years. Now, development plans and new refining patterns of all refineries are ready for being put into action in the Fourth Development Plan.” He said the development plans of refineries aimed to improve manpower structure, economize refining operations, promote the quality of oil products according to the latest international standards, optimize refining model, reduce the production of low-value products such as furnace oil, boost the output of high-value products like gasoline, cut the consumption of energy and fuel, and improve the control systems. Ne’matzadeh added the NIORDC held domestic and international tenders and signed various contracts worth six billion euros on the development plans and improvement of quality of products of Abadan, Bandar Abbas, Arak, Isfahan, Tabriz, Tehran, and Lavan refineries in the past Iranian calendar year 1385 (March 21, 2006 to March 20, 2007)