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    شرکت ملی پالایش و پخش فراورده های نفتی ایران


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    (Wikipedia) - National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company Iran''s Abadan Refinery, built 1913.

    National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) is part of the Ministry of Petroleum of Iran. NIORDC was established on 8 March 1991 and undertook to perform all operations relating to refining and distribution of oil products.

    Although NIORDC was formed in the 1990s, the company has actually inherited 90 years of Iran’s oil industries'' experiences in the fields of refining, transfer and distribution of oil products, as well as, engineering and construction of installations of oil industries.

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    Responsibilities and duties (As of 2009) Installations and capabilities See also: National Iranian Petrochemical CompanyIran''s gasoline and gas-oil production and consumption projection (2008-2012)Tehran Oil Refinery

    As of 2010, NIORDC had 19 subsidiaries and affiliated companies, including 9 oil existing refineries. Between 2007 and 2012, oil refining capacity for crude oil and gas condensate would increase from 1,600,000 barrels per day (250,000 m3/d) to 3,300,000 barrels per day (520,000 m3/d). By 2009, Iran had a total refining capacity of 1,860,000 barrels per day (296,000 m3/d).

    Crude Oil Refining capacity (2009) (in process of being upgraded) Refinery Installed Capacity (bbl/d)
    Abadan 350,000
    Isfahan 280,000
    Bandar Abbas 230,000
    Tehran (Shahid Tondgouyan) 220,000 (Euro 5 compliant by 2012)
    Arak (Shazand) 170,000
    Tabriz 100
    Kermanshah 40
    Shiraz 30
    Lavan Island 30
    Total: 1.45 Mbbl/d (231,000 m3/d).
    Present Refinery Products - 2007 Oil Products KBPD (thousand barrel per day) Percent
    Gasoline 283 17%
    Gas oil 511 32%
    Kerosene (Jet fuel) 136 8%
    Fuel oil 457 29%
    LPG 50 3%
    Others 184 11%

    Other facilities:

    Fuel imports See also: 2007 Gas Rationing Plan in Iran, Smuggling in Iran and Sanctions against Iran

    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 gasoline and 11 million liters of diesel fuel per day.

    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.

    Average daily gasoline consumption stood at 73 million liters in 2006 but fell to 64 million liters per day in 2007 concurrent with gasoline rationing plan and to 61 million liters after the full implementation of the first phase of the subsidy reforms plan. Gasoline production would reach 70 million liters per day in 2013.

    Major gasoline suppliers to Iran historically have been India, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, the Netherlands, France, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. The Financial Times reported that Vitol, 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. This statement was later denied by the government of Hassan Rouhani. In 2014 Iran will import 10-11 million liters of gasoline per day overall, including 8-10 million liters of premium gasoline from India per day because some of the gasoline produced domestically does not meet the Euro-5 quality standards and because of the continued fuel smuggling.

    Oil product increase projection for gasoline, gas-oil, kerosene, LPG (2007-2012) Iran: Company (Country) Source of Gasoline Imports 2008 2009
    BP (UK) CNPC (China)
    ENOC (UAE) Glencore (Switzerland)
    Glencore (Switzerland) IPG (Kuwait)
    IPG (Kuwait) Litasco (Russia)
    MEP (UAE) Petronas (Malaysia)
    Reliance Industries (India) Reliance Industries (India)
    Shell (Netherlands) Shell (Netherlands)
    SPC (Singapore) Total (France)
    Total (France) Trafigura (Switzerland)
    Trafigura (Switzerland) Vitol (Switzerland)
    Vitol (Switzerland) Zhenhua Oil (China)
    New facilities See also: Iranian Economic Reform Plan

    After completion of 7 new refineries and improvement to the existing refineries at a cost of $26 billion; along with the implementation of the subsidy reform plan to cut demand, it is possible that Iran would cease being a gasoline importer by 2010-2011 and will become a net exporter by 2013-2015.

    New Planned Refineries by the public sector (as at 2010) Refinery Location Refining capacity Estimated costs Completion date
    Khuzestan refinery (privately owned) Arvand Free Zone, near Abadan 180,000 barrels per day (29,000 m3/d). The refinery will refine the heavy crude oil produced in Azadegan and Yadavaran oil fields. It will also produce 10 million liters of super gasoline complying with Euro IV standard, 12.6 million liters of diesel oil, 3 million liters of jet fuel, five million liters of liquefied gas, and 440 tons of sulfur. 2.9 billion euros 2012
    The Persian Gulf Star refinery Assalouyeh 360,000 of gas condensates per day and to produce gasoline, jet fuel, and other valuable products. 2.5 billion euros 2010
    Shahriar refinery Tabriz 150,000 barrels per day (24,000 m3/d); gasoline production: 70,000 barrels per day (11,000 m3/d) 1.2 billion euros 2012
    Anahita refinery Kermanshah Province 150,000 barrels per day (24,000 m3/d) 1.3 billion euros 2012
    Hormoz refinery Bandar Abbas 300,000 barrels (48,000 m3) of heavy and extra heavy crude oil $4.3 billion 2012
    Caspian refinery Gorgan, Golestan Province 300,000 barrels (48,000 m3) of crude oil; 20 million liters of gasoline, 11 million liters of gas oil from Caspian Sea countries with exports to Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan $4 billion 2013
    Pars refinery Shiraz 120,000 barrels per day (19,000 m3/d) 800 million euros 2012
    New Planned Refineries by the private sector (as at 2010) Refinery Location Refining capacity Estimated costs Completion date
    Yasouj refinery Yasouj 150,000 barrels per day (24,000 m3/d). The refinery will produce petrol, gasoil, kerosene, furnace oil, liquefied gas, asphalt, and sulfur. $2.2 billion 2014

    Planned in 2011, Qeshm refinery (capable of processing heavy crude oil) will have an output capacity of 30,000 barrels a day of light oil products and will become operational by 2014.

    Policy Subsidiary companies See also: Privatization of the petroleum industry in Iran

    The NIORDC subsidiaries are as follows:

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