Tehran to export 300,000 tons of oil products to Kabul
Iran and Afghanistan here on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding for exporting oil products from Tehran to Kabul.
National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company's Managing Director Alireza Zeighami and Afghanistan's Minister of Commerce and Industries Anwar-Ul-Haq Ahady signed the MOU, SHANA news network reported.
Based on the agreement, Iran will export 300,000 tons of oil products to the neighboring country in six months.
Gas oil will account for 70 percent of the exports, while gasoline and jet fuel will account for 20 percent and 10 percent, respectively.
Iraq, Afghanistan and Armenia were importers of Iranian gasoline since the country began to export domestically produced fuel, Iran's Customs Administration reported in October 2010.
Iran began export of gasoline to overseas market since gaining self-sufficiency in the production of this strategic commodity, announced Iranian oil official and head of the customs Abbas Memarnejad.
According to Memarnejad, 6.1 thousand metric tons of gasoline was exported in April to other countries totaling over $5 million in export revenue.
The news comes soon after Iran decided to launch a crash program for boosting its domestic gasoline productions by upgrading the existing refineries that have led to increase in gasoline productions.
Iran plans to boost domestic output from the current 42 million liters to 186 million liters per day within a five-year timeframe. This year alone there was an increased output of over 22 million liters.
Iran is implementing major oil and gas swaps with neighboring countries including Turkmenistan, Armenia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Some 400 to 500 thousands of diesel fuel was exported to Iraq last and the volume is expected to reach one million liters this year.