“The project to produce gasoline complying with Euro-5 emission
standards was completed at a cost of €10 million," Gholamreza Baqeri was
quoted as saying by ISNA.
Environmental projects worth €400 million have been
undertaken at the complex over five years, the last of which was upgrading the
quality of gasoline, Baqeri said.
Euro-5 gasoline output at the refinery has reached 3.2
million liters per day.
The National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company
is now producing close to 105 million liters of gasoline, of which 79 million
liters comply with Euro-5 emission standards.
"NIORDC's Euro-5 gasoline output was zero in
2013," he said, adding that Shazand Refinery in the central city of Arak,
Markazi Province, started to produce 17 million liters high-quality fuel per
day in 2014. Output reached 28 ml/d in 2016. After that it rose to 43 ml/d in
2017 as the Bandar Abbas Refinery in Hormozgan Province added Euro-5 gasoline
to its output.
The Persian Gulf Star Refinery in southern Hormozgan
Province went on stream in mid-2017 because of which overall production
increased by 76% to 76 ml/d and launching the Tabriz venture increased output
to 79 ml/d.
"Except for eco-unfriendly mazut, the refinery's other
products, namely diesel and jet fuel are being standardized," Baqeri said,
adding that a consortium of [unnamed] South Korean company and Oil Design and
Construction Company of Iran have signed a deal on financing and implementing
The consortium is in charge of designing, engineering,
procurement and installation of equipment.
As per contractual terms, at least 51% of equipment and
services for refurbishing the Tabriz plant should be made inside the
"Talks are underway with Italian and Korean consulting
companies to use the best methods” and get the desired results.
According to Baqeri, the venture requires €1.5 billion
The refinery annually produces 5.5 million tons of assorted
products including liquefied gas, gasoline, kerosene, diesel, jet fuel and
feedstock for industrial units.
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