‘Refining, petro-refining projects to be facilitated in near future’

March 9, 2022 - 11:51

TEHRAN- Iranian Oil Minister Javad Oji said that the implementation of refining and petro-refining projects will be facilitated in the near future.

Making the remarks in a Tuesday meeting on report about the mentioned projects, the minister said, “In this regard, with the consultations we had with the cabinet, it was possible to provide facilities from the National Development Fund (NDF)”.

During the meeting, Oji reviewed the progress of refining and petro-refining optimization projects and the reasons for the delay of some of these projects, and offered solutions to solve problems.

He further pointed to the Islamic Revolution Leader's emphasis on the country's refining capacity, as well as the insistence and pursuit of the government, parliament and the National Development Fund to facilitate investment in this area and stressed that Oil Ministry spares no effort to advance refining and petro-refining projects.

Based on the national budget bill for the next Iranian calendar year (begins on March 21), Oil Ministry has been authorized to use various resources including private sector and foreign investments to construct petro-refineries with a total capacity of 300,000 barrels per day.

The decision in this regard was announced during a Parliament’s (Majlis) open session on Sunday in which MPs reviewed the government expenditures in the next year’s national budget bill, Shana reported.

Earlier in January, the oil minister said some major domestic banks are going to form a consortium with a total investment capacity of four billion dollars to implement petro-refinery projects across the country.

“A large part of the financial resources required for the implementation of the country's oil projects will be provided with the support of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, and this includes the financial resources needed for the refining sector as well,” Oji said.

Increasing the country’s petro-refining capacity has recently become a hot topic among Iran’s top research institutions and research centers as a key defense mechanism against the impacts of the U.S. sanctions on the country’s oil industry.

Experts and analysts argue that in addition to generating more revenue, the conversion of crude oil to oil products will have many other benefits including creating new job opportunities, economic prosperity, and reviving other industries. And most importantly, it will lead to a stronger economy that could easily withstand the U.S. pressures.

In this regard, the importance of moving toward the construction of petro-refineries instead of refinery complexes has been emphasized.

Recent studies indicated that the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of petro-refiners, depending on their configuration, varies from 16 percent to 20 percent, which is 3-4 times more profitable compared to the old refineries and petrochemical complexes.

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