Iran plans first oil export from Gulf of Oman port next week
Iran plans to ship a cargo of oil from a port in the Gulf of Oman next week, its first export of crude outside the Persian Gulf and beyond the Strait of Hormuz.
“The first ship has arrived in the Jask region and we expect heavy crude loading operations to begin Monday at noon,” Vahid Maleki, director of the Jask oil terminal, told the official Islamic Republic news agency. .
He did not specify the size of the cargo or its destination.
The port, which receives oil via the 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) Goreh-Jask pipeline that stretches along the Persian Gulf coast, is expected to be able to export 350,000 barrels of oil per day in its prime. phase.
Most of Iran’s oil exports currently pass through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow shipping channel in the Persian Gulf that was plunged into crisis after former US President Donald Trump abandoned the 2015 nuclear deal and strengthened sanctions against the Iranian oil sector and the economy at large.
Iran’s petroleum minister said this month that his country had taken “many steps” to ensure that it could increase crude production in “a very short time” if US sanctions were lifted.
World powers have worked for months to try to negotiate a deal between Iran and the United States that would restore Washington’s adherence to the 2015 nuclear deal. A seventh round of talks in Vienna is expected to be held towards the end. in mid-August, two officials said this week.
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