Iran President launches refinery project in Bandar Abbas

SHANA– Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated two projects at Bandar Abbas Refinery, southern Iran, to enhance the facility’s gasoline production capacity and quality of its output.

The refinery’s gasoline production as well as its light naphtha hydrotreater (LNHT) units were launched on Wednesday in a ceremony that, besides President Rouhani, saw the attendance of Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh and his deputy for refining and distribution of petroleum products, Alireza Sadiqabadi.

For construction of these units, comprising 9 cylindrical tanks, two spherical reservoirs, one desalination plant, three flare stacks, one cooling tower and one nitrogen unit, a total of €600 million was invested.

The refining capacity of the gasoline unit is 25,000 barrels per day while that of the isomerization unit is 20,000 barrels per day.

A daily production of 12 million liters of gasoline which meets Euro-4 standards, reducing emission of pollutants, energy efficiency optimization, maximum utilization of capacities, provision of productive employment opportunities, and creation of the necessary training ground for skilled forces are some of the goals envisaged in building the project.

The project created at least 602 direct jobs.

The isomerization unit of the project will come online in the first half of the next year.