12 July 2016 - 12:41
  • News Code: 264774
Iran Southeast Exports Hub

TEHRAN, July 12 (Shana) – Among 37 divisions of National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC), Kerman enjoys a special and strategic position.

Due to its location in southeast Iran and its proximity to the provinces of South Khorassan, Yazd, Sistan Balouchestan, Hormuzgan and Fars, Kerman Province provides a special advantage for Iran’s petroleum product exports to neighboring countries located east and southeast of Iran.

In this regard, distribution of fuel and oil products is handled effectively by the Kerman zone of NIOPDC. The startup of new phases of the supergiant South Pars gas field and the ensuing increase in gas production have increased gas consumption at power plants and decreased their consumption of liquid fuels.

The decline in liquid fuel consumption at power plants has ended Iran’s reliance on gasoil imports and has even let the country become an exporter of gasoil.

The expansion of gas distribution network in the country has decreased the demand for kerosene and the conditions are prepared for exporting this product to Iran’s eastern and southeastern neighbors.

Given efforts undertaken in Kerman, this area is turning into Iran’s export hub in southeast. 

700ml Products Stored

Jaafar Salari-Nasab, director of the Kerman zone of NIOPDC, referred to Iran’s planned petroleum product exports, saying: “At present, the capacity of petroleum product storage in Kerman area exceeds 700 million liters. Given the capacity of storage of this amount of products in this area, Kerman has become Iran’s southeastern export hub and has facilitated supply and delivery of Iranian petroleum products to eastern and southeastern neighbors.” 

He said: “Ahmadi oil storage facility with a capacity of 340 million liters is among the country’s oil storage facilities with mechanized operation and plays a significant role in the supply of Iranian products to the east and southeast of the country.”

In addition to Ahmadi storage facility, Kerman oil storage facility with a capacity of 190 million liters, Rafsanjan facility with a capacity of 140 million liters and Sirjan facility with a capacity of 42 million liters are active in Kerman area. They have significantly increased the export potential of Iran in this area. Oil and gas supply to southeast of Iran for border sales is provided by Rafsanjan facility.

Salari-Nasab said 20 million liters a day of petroleum products is distributed in the oil storage facilities of Kerman area, adding: “Supplying products needed in Kerman and Sistan Balouchestan provinces and some parts of Yazd, Fars and South Khorasan provinces and Torbat-e Heidarieh area are among measures undertaken by the Kerman zone of NIOPDC.”

Gasoil Saved

Salari-Nasab said in the last calendar year which ended on 21 March 2016, gasoil consumption was down 726 million liters year-on-year, saving the country IRR 7,260 billion.

“Thanks to efforts made by the Kerman zone of NIOPDC, important measures were taken with regard to combating fuel smuggling in this area,” he said, adding that Kerman become the top province in the fight on fuel smuggling.

Fuel distribution for transportation sector in Kerman area is handled by 220 active stations and 76 CNG stations as well as seven air refueling centers in the cities of Kerman, Jiroft, Bam, Sirjan and Rafsanjan.

Salari-Nasab said the number of best-serving gas stations in Kerman area has recorded a 75% growth.

by courtesy of Iran Petroleum Monthly 

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