EghtesadOnline: An estimated 350 million liters of oil and oil byproducts were supplied daily via pipelines in 2019, indicating a 65% rise over the last 40 years, managing director of the Iranian Oil Pipeline and Telecommunications Company said.
"A total of 128 billion liters of crude and petroleum byproducts were transferred with the help of 14,000 km of pipelines, of which 11,000 km were laid in the last 40 years," ISNA quoted Jafar Alizadeh Darbandi as saying.
If the pipeline network was not expanded, the company would need 60,000 fuel trucks to deliver its products, he said.
IOPTC is a subsidiary of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company.
“Crude oil and byproduct pipelines in Iran on average are 40 years old and using new coating to enhance the durability of pipelines is on the agenda,” Alizadeh said.
According to Qasem Arabyar Mohammadi, the company's Tehran office director, IOPTC uses advanced methods such as intelligent pigging of pipelines, reducing corrosion of metals by using cathodic protection techniques and regular inspections of installations to enhance safety and reduce accidents.
Regarding infrastructure in Tehran, Mohammadi said the main pipelines include the 14-inch Ray-Tabriz, 18" Ray-Qazvin-Rasht, 22" Ray–Shahroud and 16" Ray-Sari.
The company is responsible for feeding power plants with diesel in Tehran, Alborz and Gilan provinces during emergencies, especially during gas shortages in winter. The plants are mostly gas-fired.
With the rise in gas production in South Pars Gas Field in the Persian Gulf and increase in gas supplies to industries and power plants, diesel and mazut supply has declined noticeably.