Project for indigenizing oil industry equipment progresses over 50%

September 13, 2019

TEHRAN – A project for indigenizing 10 major oil industry equipment items has witnessed over 50 percent progress, IRIB reported on Wednesday, quoting an official with National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).

“Implementation of this project would enable NIOC to supply over 95 percent of the materials for manufacturing wellhead equipment as well as down-hole tools from domestic producers,” NIOC Director for support, construction and goods supply, Ramin Qalambor Dezfouli said.

Following the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions and the problems caused by high volatility and rising exchange rates in the country’s currency market, Iran’s oil ministry was faced with some problems regarding the supply of necessary equipment in the oil industry, so it applied new strategies to focus more on domestic production.

According to Dezfouli, NIOC and its affiliated companies, like National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC), have signed several deals with domestic manufacturers to produce the oil industry’s necessary equipment inside the country.

As reported, of the total 88 contracts for indigenizing necessary oil industry equipment, 33 contracts which were signed for manufacturing 10 major equipment have witnessed more than 50 percent progress, and another 50 contracts have also had over 49 percent of physical progress on average.

The mentioned contracts have been signed with capable domestic companies for manufacturing all kinds of oil industry equipment, including down hole tools and equipment, pumps, types of drill bits, all kinds of control and safety valves, and accessory equipment, as well as various pipe types, explosion-proof electro motors, turbines, compressors, alloy steels, drilling measuring tools, and etc.

In late August, IRNA reported that NIOC plans to award the production of 300 new equipment items to domestic producers by the end of the current calendar year (ends on March 19, 2020).

Earlier that month, NIDC’s managing director announced that the company was collaborating with 230 local manufacturers, especially in Khuzestan Province, to indigenize drilling equipment.

"NIDC's Technology and Engineering Department has indigenized 2,000 pieces of drilling equipment since 1997, most of which are being used in offshore and onshore rigs," Abdollah Mousavi was quoted as saying by the Oil Ministry news portal.

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