Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 20 / Trend F.Mehdi/
Iran plans to establish storage facilities for oil products with one billion liters capacity by the end of the next Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2014), the Mehr News agency quoted National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company managing director Mostafa Kashkouli as saying.
Last year, facilities were built with 86 million liters capacity, he said, adding that 472 million liters have been added to the capacity since the beginning of the current year.
The capacity is projected to be boosted by one billion liters in the next calendar year, he noted.
At present, Iran has the capacity to store 11.5 billion liters of fuel, which is sufficient for 58 days consumption. Last year, 16 storage facilities were inaugurated nationwide, boosting the country's storage capacity by 1 billion liters. The storage capacity is planned to hit 14.5 billion liters by 2016.
Deputy Oil Minister Alireza Zeighami has said that a package of investment, worth $47.5 billion, has been prepared to develop different sectors of the oil refining and distribution industry, the Mehr News Agency reported.
He also said that the national oil pipeline network will be expanded to 5100 kilometers from 3700 kilometers by 2015.
Some $2 billion should be invested by 2015 to boost the storage capacity of oil products, the official noted.
Iran is now exporting gasoline and diesel fuel to neighboring countries, Zeighami said earlier this month.