Nine refineries in Iran have been operating 30 percent above nominal capacity over the past eight years to meet domestic needs for oil derivatives. Director of the Refining Department at National Oil Derivatives Refining and Distribution Company Mohammad Zali told reporters here Saturday that gasoline production in Iranian refineries has risen to nine million liters a day over the past eight years of which four million liters were gained through establishment of Bandar Abbas refinery.
Gas oil production at Iranian refineries rose to 15 million liters a day during the period of which five million liters were obtained after completion of the first phase of the project for establishment of Bandar Abbas Refinery, said Zali. He added that projects worth dlrs 100-150 are under implementation at refineries, which once completed will raise gasoline production to seven to eight million liters a day by 2006.
On the project for transfer of Central Asian crude via Iran, Zali said two projects were implemented at refineries of Tehran and Tabriz with the help of Chinese companies for this purpose over the past years. He added that Tabriz refinery is now capable of fully refining all crude oil while Tehran refinery is able to use 30 percent of this kind of crude.