Iran to start crude oil refining in compliance with Euro-5 standard
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 4 /Trend, A.Yusifzade /
Some Iranian oil refineries will comply with Euro-5 standards gasoline production for the recent days, Iranian Petroleum Minister Masud Mirkazemi was quoted by FNA as saying.
By implementing the upgrading plan at Shahid Tondgouyan (Tehran) Oil Refinery, the gasoline produced by the refinery will comply with Euro-5 standards, Health, Safety and Environment Department managing director of the Iranian ministry of petroleum Mohammad Hassan Ardeshiri said.
Ardeshiri said that currently oil refineries are producing 87 octane gasoline and the gas oil containing 100 to 200 Parts Per Million (PPM) of Sulfur.
He stressed reducing the amount of sulfur in gas oil and increasing the octane number of gasoline produced by domestic oil refineries, adding that by launching upgrading plans at Tehran, Arak, Isfhan and Lavan next June, gasoline and gas oil produced by these refineries will comply with Euro-5 standards. Thereby sulfur content of the gas oil would be reduced up to 10 PPM, while production of 95 octane gasoline would be started at the above-mentioned oil refineries.
Ardeshiri said that other domestic oil refineries will produce gasoline and gas oil compatible with euro-5 standards as of the start of the Iranian year of 1391 (21 March 2012).
The Euro-5 is one of the European emission standards which define the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions of automobiles. The emission standards are defined in a series of European Union directives staging the progressive introduction of increasingly stringent standards.
Another significant plan is the production of the Propene, also known as Propylene, which is a waste product created when crude oil is refined into gasoline, diesel fuel and other products.