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Owji: Work on Transcontinental Petchems Underway with Domestic Experts

Owji: Work on Transcontinental Petchems Underway with Domestic Experts
(Monday, September 18, 2023) 09:44

TEHRAN (NIPNA) -- The Minister of Petroleum, while addressing the diplomacy of the Ministry of Petroleum in the 13th administration, stated: “Apart from dealing with the issue of transcontinental refineries, we have also initiated work on transcontinental petrochemicals with the efforts of capable experts and builders in the country.”

Javad Owji, speaking on Sunday on the sidelines of his visit to the 17th International Iran Plast Exhibition among reporters, said: “Holding exhibitions such as Iran Plast has put us in touch with the latest achievements in the plastic industry over the past year.”

He added, "Iran Plast is not merely an exhibition; it is also about showcasing capabilities, equipment, and tools used in this field. This event provides an excellent opportunity for manufacturers to become acquainted with each other's capabilities in terms of offering technical and engineering services and more."

Regarding the Ministry of Petroleum's cooperation with Russia, Owji stated: "Currently, we have a development contract for seven major oil fields with large and capable Russian companies, with some of these fields already in the production phase. We also have agreements at the upstream and downstream levels with companies, including Gazprom Russia, and we hope these agreements will soon turn into contracts."

He addressed the latest developments regarding the Arash field, saying: "As we have stated before, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also announced, the Islamic Republic of Iran will not forgo its share in the Arash field."

The Minister of Petroleum continued: "Thankfully, with negotiations carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, similar to other joint fields we are developing with neighboring countries through negotiations, we expect to resolve the issues related to this field through negotiations with the Kuwaiti side."

Regarding the latest developments in the Miandoab Petrochemical Project, he mentioned: "Any project that has received environmental protection organization approval in the country will be operational."

He also touched upon the export of gas condensates, stating: "Gas condensate sales were one of the concerns of this administration at the beginning of its term. Unfortunately, in the previous administration, we had nearly 78 million barrels of gas condensates floating on the water. Proposals were made in this regard, and correspondences by the former Minister of Petroleum with the former President and Ibrahim Raisi, the president of the 13th administration, regarding the purchase of 12 ships for storing gas condensates are available."

The Minister of Petroleum continued: "Thankfully, with the start of the 13th administration and Jihad efforts in the Ministry of Petroleum, we have found desirable markets in this sector. Both domestic consumption of gas condensates in the country has increased, and we have found very desirable markets for exports."

Owji stated that Iran's gas condensate production is close to 700,000 to 750,000 barrels per day and said: "In the gas condensate sector, we have commitments and consumption beyond our production, despite the fact that we don't have a single barrel on the water."

Regarding the administration's plans to complete the value chain, he said: "In the past two decades, there hasn't been much administration attention to the value chain, especially in the petrochemical sector. Most of the investments were in the production of basic materials or mother industries of petrochemicals. Fortunately, in this administration, numerous projects have been identified, studies conducted, and some of these projects have been initiated, mainly by the private sector."

The Minister of Petroleum emphasized that they intend to enter the value chain until the end of the 13th administration as much as possible, stating that entering these sectors is sanctions-proof. He added: "Entering these sectors brings good foreign currency, job creation, prevents raw sales, and achieves a resilient economy."

Regarding the sanctions, Owji mentioned that despite the sanctions, more than 212 foreign companies have participated in this exhibition, adding: "Gradually, sanctions are becoming meaningless and ineffective for Iran's oil and gas industry. We have been able to achieve significant accomplishments in this sector with the efforts of our 10,000 experts in the oil industry. Regarding exports, wherever we wish, we carry out exports."

He noted that the growth of the oil and gas economic group based on Central Bank data was over 10% in 1400 and 1401 and said: "This is the highest economic growth compared to other economic groups, which is evident due to the increased production of oil and gas, petroleum products, and petrochemicals."

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