ISNA reports that the first phase of the Setareh Khalij Fars refinery was to be operational by the end of the previous month. The refinery was to produce 12 million liters gasoline per day.
Formerly the Deputy Oil Minister Alireza Zeiqami had said that the project would have been duly completed if financial sources were provided.
Zeiqami had said that $2 billion was needed to accomplish the project.
The Integration Commission has authorized the Oil Ministry to allocate $2.5 billion to the private sector from the National Development Fund for the project to be completed.
If the refinery is operational it will be able to produce 55 million liters of the country’s most needed products, gasoline compromising 35 million liters of it.
The Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi says that with the refinery operational, Iran will turn into a major regional gas exporter, and neighbor countries into a large market exporting oil products.
ISNA reports that the raw material needed for the Setareh Khalij Fars refinery is 360 thousand bbl gas condensates.
The refinery’s daily production will comprise of 35 million bbl octane-95 gasoline, 2 million liters liquid gas, 13 million liters gas oil, 3 million liters light jet fuel, and 130 million liters sulfur.
The project is planned to be complete in three stages. The first stage was to be completed by the end of June.
The pipeline feeding the plant from South Pars gas reserves is 400 km long. It has progressed 92 percent.
The products are to be exported via Bandar Abbas and Port Rajaei.
Iran’s National Oil Refining and Distribution Company, Oil Industry Pension Fund, and the Malaysian Petrofield Co. are shareholders in the project.