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Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:46PM
File photo shows an Iranian technician installing hose for refueling an aircraft.

File photo shows an Iranian technician installing hose for refueling an aircraft.

Iran is close to becoming self-sufficient in producing jet fuel with the renovation of Abadan Oil Refinery, the oldest crude oil treatment facility in the Middle East. Next week, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to inaugurate the final phase of the development of Abadan Refinery in the southwestern province of Khuzestan. Along with the Residual Fluid Catalytic Cracking (RFCC) unit which will also come on stream at Shazand Refinery in central Iran to mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in early February, Abadan Refinery will be producing 30 million liters per day (mlpd) of gasoline conforming with Euro-4 and Euro-5 standards. Iran is currently a leading producer of jet fuel for passenger and cargo planes. The gasoline production unit of Abadan Oil Refinery would allow the production of fuel for helicopters, crop dusters and trainers. The alkylation unit of Abadan Refinery is forecasted to produce 2 mlpd of fuel for helicopters. Deputy Minister of Oil Alireza Zeighami said the Abadan Refinery upgrade would enhance the country’s gasoline octane to 95, raise sulfur and liquefied gas, and cut fuel oil production to 2.7 mlpd in the facility. He put at nearly one billion dollars the total costs for design, manufacturing, installation and operation of the project and an adjacent power plant. Iran plans to inaugurate three mega-projects at Shazand, Lavan and Abadan refineries by the end of the current Persian calendar year (ending March 20, 2013) to enhance the production of the country’s premium gasoline from 12 mlpd to 25 mlpd. Iran attained self-sufficiency in fuel production after its international suppliers stopped selling gasoline under US pressure. KA/SS
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