As I understand it Iran had to import oil based fuels, as a result of the Jewish/Israeli led sanctions against the UK/USA installed puppet regime from 1979, against the none-existent nuke bomb program verified by the IAEA, and USA Intelligence recently.
The world is bizarre, and I do not pretend to understand everything or try to. However I was curious why Iran as a major oil exporting country had to IMPORT oil based fuels after the Israelis imposed sanctions on the Persians.
It goes something like this.
Crude petroleum from under the ground has to be processed in a refinery, before it can be used for various purposes by humans. Iran does not have the refinery capacity to refine ALL the oil that is needed by domestic consumption of about 1.7 million barrels per day and rising. Further given that Iran is essentially a basket weaving under developed Third World country, which can't even make a decent 4th generation jet fighter, Iran therefore can't build its own oil refineries. Nor does Iran have an extensive oil industry capital machinery capacity, unlike the USA, Russia, UK, France, China, India, Italy and Germany.
In 2008 Iran has imported nearly 40% of its market needs because of lack of refining capacity and contraband. In 2009, Iran spent paid $11 billion on imported fuel.
In 2010, gasoline import declined to 30% of its market needs at 25 million liters of gasolinediesel fuel per day. and 11 million liters of
As of July 2010, Iran produces between 280,000 barrels (45,000 m3) and 285,000 barrels (45,300 m3) of gasoline a day and until recently had acquired the remaining 30 percent, which is about 115,000 barrels per day (18,300 m3/d) to 120,000 barrels per day (19,000 m3/d), through big oil companies.
Major gasoline suppliers to Iran historically have been India, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, the Netherlands, France, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. The Financial TimesVitol, Glencore, Trafigura and other (western) companies had since stopped supplying petrol to Iran because of international sanctions.
In 2006, Vitol, a MNC based in Switzerland, supplied Iran with 60% of its total gasoline cargo imports. In September 2010, Iran claimed that it has stopped importing gasoline according to the domestic capacity expansion plans.
The UK/USA installed puppet Shah did not industrialize Iran, and by 1979 Iran was producing a mere 2.2 million tons of steel, and generating a paltry 24 billion kWt of electricity for that year. The Shah like Qaddafi deposited most of his country's petro-$ in Jewish banks in the West, or invested the money in Western businesses such as Krupp Steel of Germany and so forth. He also gave loans to Western governments, such as the financially hit UK government a with a loan of $1.5 billion in 1977......or brought expensive OVER-PRICED weapons systems from the USA to the tune of $130 billion at today's prices (1969-79). Also a significant amount of government money disappeared due to State corruption.
The bastard puppet corrupt Shah did not judicially invest his nations wealth on what he should have done......pour it into INDUSTRY and INFRASTRUCTURE. This would have generated a lot of jobs, and real income for the masses, and significant expansion of the GDP away from its dependency on the agriculture sector and petro-chemical industry. Instead the bastard dog puppet corrupt Shah's main priority and objective with his nations wealth was to benefit Western financial, capital and political interests.
He was a too perfect crypto-Jew puppet, and the schizophrenic Jew removed him, and humiliated him into exile in 1979. I am guessing ENVY played a key factor in his removal.
The puppet mullahs meanwhile, installed by the UK/USA it seems have been too busy with "Islamic Revolution".....conducting long wars with neighbors (CIA Saddam wanted peace after 1982).....realizing a Palestinian state...Salman Rushdie....Holocaust revisionism.....Whether the beautiful Persian women have covered themselves enough, so that the mullahs don't have erections...for 33 years of uninterrupted power.
Would it not be funny if after an Israeli imposed war (heaven forbid.......thu, thu, thu).......the Iranian mullah state ceases to exist because it no longer has any fuel for its war machine or for the ordinary people.(presumably the mullah state has prepared strategic fuel stockpiles in secret locations inside Iran, which are camouflaged).
Kermanshah to emerge as new petrochemical hub in western Iran: Report
File photo shows Nouri Petrochemical Complex in Assalouyeh, south Iran.
The Iranian western province of Kermanshah is expected to become the country's new hub for petrochemical production once the industry’s underway projects are completed, a report says.
Kermanshah Polymer Complex, Bistoon Petrochemical Complex, Urea and Ammonia Complex along with LAB (linear alkyl benzene) are the projects currently underway which are expected to turn the province into a new petrochemical hub in western Iran, IRNA reported on Sunday.
Managing-Director of the National Iranian Petrochemical Company (NIPC) Abdolhossein Bayat, visiting the projects, underlined the necessity for their speedy implementation, in an attempt to boost the value chain of the petrochemical products.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Reza Heidarnia, the projects director for the NIPC said Friday that two major petrochemical projects in the country’s Pars Special Economic Energy Zone (PSEEZ) will come on stream in the near future.
The West Ethylene Pipeline, which will transfer ethylene from Assaluyeh in the southern Iranian province of Bushehr to the petrochemical complexes in Iran’s western provinces, and the Kavian Petrochemical Complex with the annual petrochemical production capacity of 2.18 million tons are the two major projects that are expected to become operational in PSEEZ.
Iran also inaugurated three important petrochemical projects in the country’s Mahshahr Petrochemical Special Economic Zone on Monday.
Iran has expanded the range and volume of its petrochemical products significantly over the past few years, and the NIPC has become the second largest producer and exporter of petrochemicals in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia.
The Islamic Republic exported a total of 18.2 million tons of petrochemical and polymer products, worth about USD 14.2 billion this year.