Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh told a televised
interview that the second phase of Bandar Abbas Gas Condensate Refinery will
become operational by March.
"Currently, the facility is supplying 12 million liters of Euro-4
gasoline and the second phase of the plant will come on-stream if God
wills," the official said.
Asked whether inauguration of the phase will render Iran needless of gasoline
imports, the official said, "No, because production of new vehicles will
increase domestic consumption for the item."
Automobile production increases by 1.2 million per year which
increased fuel demand by 8% or 6 to 7 million liters per day, the official argued.
"Once the second phase of the project comes online, production of
gasoline will be more balanced inside Iran; and once the third phase comes
online by late next [calendar] year, the item's production will reach a
favorable state in the country," Zangeneh said.
He said the petrol produced by the refinery enjoys the best quality
and almost meets the Euro-5 quality standards, as say some experts.
The unit's gasoline output will double once the second phase becomes
fully operational and its output will reach 36 million liters per day by the
time the third phase comes on-stream.