Tehran to shut Bandar Abbas crude units

Iran Materials 5 October 2007 07:29

( Gulf ) - Iran will shut a crude unit at its Bandar Abbas refinery in January and a second in May to boost capacity by 40 per cent, part of its multi-billion dollar move to cut dependence on gasoline imports, a National Iranian Oil Co source said yesterday.

The source said the shutdowns at the 110,000 barrels per day (bpd) units, set to last for about 30 days each, would allow the state-run firm to boost the refinery's capacity to 320,000 bpd.

"In January we will shut down one CDU to raise the capacity to 160,000 barrels per day, this one will last about a month and the refinery will be in full operation after," the source said.

A second crude unit, of similar size, will be shut in May for the same operation, the source added.