Baku, Azerbaijan, May 7
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Lavan refinery of Iran's southern Hormozgan province will start producing jet fuel in the next 6 months.
The refinery will produce about one million litres of jet fuel per day after its development plan is completed in next six months, the refinery's managing director, Mohammad Dadvar said, Iran's IRIB news agency reported on May 7.
The development project of the Lavan refinery started in seven years ago and has been progressed by 97 percent so far, Dadvar added.
He went on to say that the refining capacity of the refinery has increased from 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 63,000 bpd, noting that Lavan is one of the three Iranian refineries which produce euro-4 gasoline.
Currently some 2.4 million litres of 87-octane gasoline is being produced per day in the refinery, he remarked.
Dadvar also said that the refinery's diesel output stands at 3.5 million litres per day.
Earlier in November 2011, Iranian media outlets quoted Dadvar as saying the refinery is aimed to export jet fuel from the Gulf to international markets.
The then managing director of National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) Jalil Salari, also claimed that the neighboring countries, as well as the East Asian countries have expressed readiness to buy Iranian jet fuel.
Currently four of Iran's nine refining companies produce jet fuel, the largest of which is the Shahid Tondgoyan refinery in Tehran, which is capable of producing approximately 1.7 million liters per day of jet fuel, according to the NIOPDC website.
Iran has boosted its refining capacity of both jet fuel and gasoline in recent years following increased Western sanctions over concerns about Iran's nuclear program, which adversely affected Iranian energy exports.