Ahmadinejad inaugurates Iran’s biggest gasoline production plant
Shazand's Imam Khomeini Refinery in the central Iranian city of Arak (file photo)
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has inaugurated the country’s biggest gasoline production hub with a production capacity of 16 million liters (ml) of petrol per day near the central city of Shazand.
Production of premium gasoline will also rise from the current amount of 1.2 million liters to 3.2 million liters with the opening of Shazand Imam Khomeini Refinery.
For the first time in the Middle East, Iranian experts succeeded in carrying out the process of converting diesel fuel to high-octane gasoline.
Following the refinery’s inauguration, its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) production will increase from 500 tons per day to 2,000 tons.
The treatment facility produces gasoline, liquefied gas, propylene, kerosene, gas oil as well as fuel oil and tar.
The refinery has been renovated through the investment of USD 3.3 billion by the National Iranian Oil Engineering and Construction Company (NIOEC).
Iran attained self-sufficiency in fuel production after its international suppliers stopped selling gasoline to Tehran under US pressure.