Iran invites investors to ‘huge’ upstream oil projects
Tehran, Iran, May 26
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iran invites domestic and foreign investors to a series of oil field development projects that the country is going to start in the near future.
The invitation was announced by Director of Investment at Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO) of Iran Fardad Daliri in an international industrial exhibit in Tehran, Trend’s correspondent reported from the event May 26.
“We are hopeful to be able to sign huge oil deals on the development of shared oil fields both on and offshore,” the official said.
He added the Tehran is finalizing talks and expects signing contracts with big international companies such as France’s Total, the Danish Maersk, Indonesia’s Pertamina, Malaysia’s Petronas, and the Russian Lukoil.
“We expect about $50 billion worth of oil contracts to enter their operational phases in 2018,” Daliri stated.
“Therefore, IDRO has felt a huge need for investment in industries that serve carry out these contracts in making all sorts of valves, electromotor, package units, etc.; and would therefore like to invite domestic and foreign investors to cooperation.”
Iran’s oil industry suffered backwardness under years-long sanctions. As the sanctions were lifted in 2016, Tehran has decided to catch up with its rivals in producing oil. It has prioritized fields that are shared with neighboring countries.
Iran’s oil output grew from 3.3 mbpd in 2015 when it was under sanctions to 4.3 in February 2017, thanks to the removal of sanctions.