Refinery production capacity, improved quality
TEHRAN- Iranian Petroleum Minister Javad Oji announced the ministry’s two major plans to increase the production capacity and quality of the country’s refineries.
Regarding the current government’s plan to develop refining industries and build petro-refineries, the Minister said, “Considering the current capacity of producing petroleum products in the country’s petroleum refineries and the various uses, l ‘Increasing refining capacity is definitely a need, so we have two plans in mind. “
He added: “The first plan is to increase the capacity of existing refineries (both those that have a crude oil supply and those that use gas condensates) in terms of the quality and quantity of petroleum products, and the second plan is to build new refineries or petro-refineries. “
Despite all the external challenges like the coronavirus pandemic and US sanctions, Iran’s oil and gas sector has grown at a rapid pace and the country is taking new steps in this industry every day.
Various sectors of Iran’s oil and gas industry including exploration, production, processing and distribution are all among the best in the world and the country is taking new steps to develop the industry even further.
Among the various sectors of this industry, refining is a major sector which is the subject of serious attention for development.
During a visit to the Tehran refinery on September 10, the petroleum minister said the country’s oil refining capacity would increase 1.5 times by the end of the current government’s tenure (in four years) .
He mentioned the promotion of the quantity and quality of the products of the current refineries and the construction of new refineries as some of the main plans of the Ministry of Petroleum in the new government.
According to the schedule set for the quantitative and qualitative development of existing refineries and the planning of construction of new refineries in the next four to five years, the daily oil refining capacity of the country will increase by one and a half times to reach 3 , 5 million barrels, the Minister said.
“Following the improvement of the quality of petroleum products and the increase in the quality of gasoline and diesel, which is very important for us in the environmental field, the discussion of quantitative development plans and The quality of refineries is seriously on the agenda of the current government, ”he added.
Estimating the country’s current oil and gas condensate refining capacity at 2.2 million barrels per day (bpd), the official said the figure is expected to rise to more than 3.5 million bpd.
While the development of oil refineries is a priority, the development of gas refineries is also being pursued in earnest.
Among the latest achievements of the Iranian National Gas Company (NIGC), the significant increase in gas refining and processing capacity is the one that has been in the spotlight in recent years.
With the new developments of the country’s giant South Pars gas field, which Iran shares with Qatar in the Persian Gulf, and the increase in gas production from this field, the Oil Ministry has taken serious steps to development of the country’s gas refineries. to treat the extracted gas.
The Bid Boland refinery in southwest Iran is a notable example.
The refinery, which was inaugurated by former president Hasan Rouhani in mid-January, was commissioned with the aim of increasing the production of sweet gas, reducing the consumption of petroleum products, the production of propane, butane and gas condensate, the export of by-products, the supply of natural gas to urban areas and the supply of ethane required by petrochemical units in the region.
The refinery, which took 36 months to complete, has a daily processing capacity of over 56 million cubic meters of associated gas and, when operating at full capacity, will generate $ 700 million in revenue each year.
This complex receives approximately 13,500 tonnes of sour gas per year from the NGL 900 and 1000 plants while receiving 2.25 million tonnes of sweet gas from the NGL 1200 and 1300 plants.
As the largest gas refinery project in West Asia, Bid Boland will have an annual production capacity of 10.4 million tons of methane, 1.5 million tons of ethane, one million tons of propane, 600 000 tonnes of gas condensates and 500,000 tonnes of butane.
The Bid Bolad Refinery project has been nominated for the Global Project Excellence Award from the International Project Management Association (IPMA) in the energy sector; it was also awarded as the best megaproject of Iran with the ninth national project management award.
Another notable example is the Tabriz oil refinery in northwest Iran.
The refinery’s general manager said his company is taking further steps to rank among the top ten refineries in Asia in the coming years.
“In accordance with the second stage of the company’s strategic planning which began in the second half of the previous year [Iranian calendar] year (September 22, 2020), further steps are being taken to make the Tabriz refinery one of the ten largest refineries in Asia, ”Gholamreza Baqeri said at a press conference last month.
While the Ministry of Petroleum is taking big steps for the development of the refining industry, further investment is also needed in this regard.