The Iranian Oil Minister says the country’s engineers have hit a new world record in building gas refineries despite tough US and European Union sanctions imposed on Iran’s energy sector.
“The record shows 62 percent physical progress [in building a gas refinery] in 20 months, which has been achieved under conditions of [international] sanctions,” Rostam Qasemi said on Tuesday.
The minister stated that the new record has been registered by Iranian specialists working in the South Pars region.
“Achieving the new world record in building a refinery has been a great honor which was made possible through technical planning and integrated management,” he said.
Qasemi noted that the previous best world record was 52 months and was achieved by foreign companies which faced no problems in terms of financial resources and equipment.
“Despite problems caused by [international] sanctions for procurement of certain parts and equipment, domestic specialists broke the world record for building a gas refinery in the South Pars [region],” he added.
The minister stated that since the new Iranian calendar year (started March 20, 2012) has been named the year of “National Production, Supporting Iranian Capital and Labor” by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, oil industry officials will make the most of available capacities to realize the Leader’s views.
In his new year message, the Leader lauded the country's great accomplishments during the previous year, saying that the past year was eventful for the world, the region and Iran.
The Leader emphasized that if domestic production prospers, most of the enemies’ efforts will undoubtedly fail.
Ayatollah Khamenei added that the prosperity of national production is the key to resolving the problems of inflation and unemployment and will strengthen domestic economy.