EghtesadOnline: Crude oil processing capacity in the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC), a subsidiary of the National Iranian Oil Company, has risen 43% to 2.3 million liters per day over the last decade.
NIORDC’s gasoline output capacity has increased from 56 million liters per day in 2010 to 115 ml/d, IRNA reported.
The company now produces 125 million liters of diesel per day that is 31% more than 2010 when the volume was 95 ml/d. Both products meet international standards.
The largest share of oil byproducts refined and distributed by the company includes assorted grades of liquid petroleum, namely gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, heating oil, and heavy fuel oils.
NIORDC is in charge of distributing 350 million liters of oil and petroleum products per day across the country through pipelines, indicating a 65% rise in 40 years.
Close to 15,000 km of oil and petroleum pipelines are used, of which 5,000 km are for crude oil supply and the rest for diesel, Euro-4 diesel and gasoline, Euro-5 gasoline kerosene and jet fuel. The pipelines carry 123 billion liters of oil and byproducts per year
In the absence of pipelines the company would need 60,000 fuel trucks to deliver products.
The company also provides petrochemical plants seven million liters of liquefied feedstock on a daily basis. NIOC’s subsidiary has fuel depots and filling stations (4,000) to store about 13 billion liters of oil derivatives.
NIORDC has five main subsidiaries namely, the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC), the Iranian Oil Pipeline and Telecommunications Company (IOPTC), Abadan Oil Refining Company in Khuzestan, Shazand Refinery in the central city of Arak, Markazi Province and the National Iranian Oil Engineering and Construction Company (NIOECC).
In related news, IRNA quoted Mojtaba Besharatian, managing director of the IOPTC Tehran office, as saying that crude oil and derivatives supply chain has expanded to 1,000 kilometers in four years.
“The 20-inch 400-km Nain-Kashan-Rey pipeline, the 26-inch 250-km Shazand-Qom-Rey, the 14-inch 200-km Tabriz-Khoy-Urmia pipeline plus the 24-inch 150-km Abadan-Ahwaz pipeline are now operational, expanding the supply network by 1,000 km.”
Close to 100,000 tons of metal pipes were used to complete the plans and the pumps were manufactured by domestic firms.
According to the IOPTC website, the company annually sells 45 billion liters of crude and petroleum products to the northern regions.
The Tehran office covers northern provinces, namely Gilan, Mazandaran, North Khorasan, South Khorasan, Khorasan Razavi, Semnan, Golestan, Qazvin and Zanjan.
The company employs new methods such as intelligent pigging of pipelines, curbing corrosion of metals by using cathodic protection technique and regular inspections of installations to reduce accidents and augment safety.
It supplies diesel to power plants in Tehran, Alborz and Gilan provinces if and when they face shortage of gas, which is the main feedstock. Repair and renovation of pipes is a regular feature for sustainable and safe delivery of crude oil and byproducts.