TEHRAN (Iran News) – Oil Minister Javad Oji says according to estimates, Iran needs some $80b investment in order to produce 1.4b cubic meters of gas, noting that the oil industry has brought the country over $43 billion of revenues in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20).
Oji made the remarks at a ceremony for signing a cooperation memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Oil Ministry and Tehran Municipality.
Based on the MOU, the two sides are going to cooperate in proposing innovative and knowledge-based solutions for managing and reducing fuel consumption in the transportation sector.
Speaking at the mentioned ceremony, Oji said if the country’s fuel consumption is halved the revenues in this sector can be increased even to $150 billion a year.
According to the minister, nowadays the country’s gasoline and diesel refining capacity is close to the demand and consumption, so considering the upward trend of the demand for fuel, the investment capacity in this industry is increasing every day.
The official also put the country’s total natural gas production in the previous year at 850 million cubic meters, saying that due to high energy consumption, the country faced a deficit of 250 million cubic meters and therefore gas supply to industries was limited.
“Over $80 billion must be invested in the gas industry over eight years to increase the country’s production capacity to 1.4 billion cubic meters,” Oji said.
Mentioning some of the reasons for high gas consumption in the country, the minister said: “Many industries do not have optimal fuel consumption and their added value is low. The average efficiency of power plants in the country is 37 percent, while the average figure is about 48 percent in the world.”
He further put the country’s current gasoline consumption at 95 million liters per day, saying: “The price of gasoline in the world has now reached 90 cents per liter, so by saving more fuel and increasing exports, a large income will be made for the country.”
The oil minister expressed hope that with the signing of this memorandum and by using the capacities and capabilities of knowledge-based companies, energy consumption will be reduced and this will lead to more income for the country.
Cooperation in formulating and implementing standards, national regulations, and comprehensive plans to reduce fuel consumption and environmental pollution, improving energy efficiency indicators in the fields of transportation, construction, and industry, supporting knowledge-based companies and start-ups, and promoting optimal consumption patterns are among the goals covered in the above-mentioned MOU.
Meanwhile Iran’s deputy petroleum minister announced Iran’s readiness for promoting oil swap.
With regard to developments in crude oil market, the country put promotion of transit and oil swap on agenda, Jalil Salari told IRNA on Tuesday.
And talks on the issue have been held, Salari who is also the managing director of National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company added.
The official went on to say that infrastructure has been provided to transfer oil via using capacities of pipelines on land and railroad and being presence in target markets.
About construction of refinery in Syria, the official said studies on the issue have finished; and the project will enter a new phase after a joint investment.
Also several African countries have demanded from Iran for refinery cooperation, Salari noted adding that their demands are under review.
Today, Iran is capable of transferring its technology, the official underlined.