Iran to boost crude oil desalination capacity by 150,000bpd
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 30
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran will inaugurate three crude oil desalination units today, which will boost the country's crude oil desalination capacity by 150,000 barrels per day.
Bijan Alipour, the head of the National Iranian South Oilfields Company, said four projects would come on stream, aiming to increase the country's oil production capacity, Tasnim news agency reported.
Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh will officially inaugurate the projects.
A desalter is a process unit in an oil refinery that removes salt from crude oil. The salt is dissolved in the water in the crude oil, not in the crude oil itself.
The desalting is usually the first process in crude oil refining. The salts that are most frequently present in crude oil are calcium, sodium and magnesium chlorides. If these compounds are not removed from the oil several problems arise in the refining process.
Namdar Zanganeh further said that the first phase of the development of Mansouri oilfield would also start, adding that the project includes repairing 12 wells and establishing 132KV power transmission line.
Mansouri, Labsefid, and Masjed Soleiman desalination units have 75,000bpd, 30,000bpd, and 55,000bpd capacity, respectively.
Edited by CN