New Refinery to Make Iran Exporter of Gasoline: IRGC Chief
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A new gas condensate refinery constructed in southern Iran by an entity affiliated with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) will not only help meet the country’s domestic demands for gasoline, but also allow for the export of petroleum, the commander of the IRGC announced.
After coming into operation, the ‘Persian Gulf Star’ gas condensate refinery will make Iran self-sufficient in gasoline production and mark the beginning of exports to foreign countries, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Saturday, during a visit to the large refinery near the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.
Developed by Khatam al-Anbia Construction Base, a conglomerate belonging to the IRGC, the refinery can produce 37 million liters of gasoline a day when fully operational, the commander noted.
The input, namely gas condensates, are supplied to the refinery through a pipeline stretching for nearly 400 kilometers from gas refineries in Asalouyeh, located in the neighboring province of Bushehr, the general explained.
According to the senior commander, 80 percent of the equipment in the gas condensate refinery has been manufactured inside the country.
Known as the world’s largest refinery in terms of area, the Persian Gulf Star refinery is divided into three phases, built near the old refinery of Bandar Abbas, he added.
The Khatam al-Anbia Construction Base has been involved in several mega-projects in Iran’s energy industry, including the completion of 4 phases of the country’s South Pars gas field and construction of gas and natural gas liquid (NGL) factories.