TEHRAN (Iran News) –Head of Society of Iranian Petroleum Industry Equipment Manufacturers (SIPIEM) says the country faces shortage of expert force in the oil industry and the expert forces of the country have lost their motivation and this will lead to their exodus from country and if the country does not take any action, then it will face problem.
Speaking in a press conference Ehsan Saghafi said that in the past years, the Labor Ministry had less entered the field of formations and it has been mostly involved in the field of labor and entrepreneurship and this meeting is for brainstorming in the field of occupation, labor, production and ease in business and production.
He then touched upon the contracts for construction of refinery in Venezuela and said that of course it is just in the MoU level and only few projects have been started but they have not been considerable. He termed positive trend the current interactions and called it effective in the business of manufacturers. He noted that since the sanctions on Venezuela have reduced, the issues for construction of medium and big refineries by Iranian EPC activists have been raised.
Saghafi went on to say that in each PC project, 50 to 60 percent of the equipment are home-made and for construction of a small refinery some 300m euros is needed that 50 to 60 percent of costs are for equipment and therefore Venezuela can be a good market for Iranian equipment and for construction of a big refinery some 5m euros is needed.
He also pointed to the contracts with Russia and using the capacity of the domestic manufacturers and said that in this field, nothing special has happened and it is just in negotiation level.
Saghafi went on to say that the society has had primary talks with Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Indonesia for exports of technical and engineering exports but it has not reached the executive stage.
He then pointed to the impacts of sanctions and said that sanctions have affected all fields and in some fields it has turned into opportunity and the society should take advantage of this opportunity and improve the current condition of interest in the domestic manufacturers.
He admitted that this field has also suffered by the sanctions for providing raw materials and financial transactions for purchasing the raw materials. He reiterated that currently 80% of the required equipment in the oil industry is produced in the country.
He then pointed to the issue of labor force and said that the country faces shortage of the expert forces in the oil industry and the expert forces have lost their motivation and this will lead to the flight of experts to foreign countries and the country needs to take some wise action.
Saghafi added that currently the society has some contracts with oil industry worth of 2m euros for manufacturing equipment.