Tehran, Jakarta discuss oil export

TEHRAN, Dec. 15 (MNA) – Director of international affairs of National Iranian Oil Company said initial negotiations to export oil to Indonesia were over, however the final and definite deal was not reached yet.

Mohsen Ghamsari emphasized that there were technical problems to export Iran oil to the Indonesia and its refineries had to be tested on whether they could use Iran’s petroleum.

Considering the sanctions, Ghamsari asserted that the deal was not inked yet and the amount of export would be in accordance with agreements. Hewever, he reiterated that there was no obstacle for Indonesia to import Iran oil as it was among the countries that could buy Iran’s oil.

Recently an Indonesian official had announced the country’s readiness to import Iran oil. He clarified that this trade was based on Indonesian governments plan to increase petroleum import in order to increase oil resources in its refineries.

Indonesian minister of Energy and Mine Resources also said “this is because we are going to face difficulties in oil production in near future. We have to make sure about our resources, thus we have to import petroleum.” He added that Indonesia didn’t want to depend on some certain oil producing countries and is looking for more providers in the oil market.

Indonesia, currently, has the capacity of refining one million barrel which is about 2/3 of its need. Thus, it has to import more than 500 thousand barrels to fill the gap.

Indonesian official, meanwhile, announced that its government was looking for possibility of importing oil from Russia.

By Mehr News Agency

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