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Iran, Spain to build 10 tanker ships
2004 November 29

Director of integrative planning at the National Iranian Oil Tanker Company (NIOTC) announced that Iran has 
signed an agreement with a Spanish company to build 10 special tanker ships for carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) and chemicals.

Abdolsamad Ta’aqol told Petroenergy Information Network that the National Iranian Oil Tanker Company is client while Spain’s Trade Petroleum is implementer and investor.

“According to the agreement, the NIOTC will be obliged to provide the Spanish company with technical specifications of the ships in three months,” he said.

He noted that the Spanish Izar shipyards should also announce its ability to build special LNG ships to Iran as well as its capability for financing the project.

Ta’aqol said the Spanish company is not only willing to build some of the ships inside Iran, but has also declared its readiness to transfer needed technology.

Techint Technologies fully committed in Mobarakeh project
2004 November 29

  Techint Technologies, together with SMS Demag Italia and Irasco, is completing the extension to the Mobarakeh Steel Complex in Iran, and the project could grow even further.

Four of Techint’s Business Units are involved in a single contract,(never before have so many BU’s worked on a single project) the extension of the Mobarakeh Steel Complex, the main steelworks in Iran which was built in the second half of the Eighties by Italimpianti, a state-owned company at the time, but now a private company owned by Techint and SMS Demag. When work finishes in 2005, the liquid steel production capacity of the factory will have increased from 3 million tons a year to over 4 million. “The need for the extension” - explains Roberto Mori, Project Director for Techint - “arose some years ago following the increase in domestic demand. In particular, it was considered necessary to produce more and better steel for the automotive, electrical appliance and civil construction industries, all of which are expanding, without neglecting the aim of increasing exports towards other Middle Eastern countries”. Techint Technologies has been working on the Mobarakeh project since 2001 with four BU’s (Material Handling, Melt Shops, Furnaces and Strip Processing Lines) in the sphere of a single contract which also covers the jobs assigned to the other two partners involved, SMS Demag Italia and Irasco, an Iranian company operatively based in Italy providing engineering and technical assistance services. The partners are involved in design, supply, supervision, technical assistance and training activities: “Even though each partner works completely independently as far as construction work is concerned” - says Mori - “this particular contract situation required management methods and procedures to be standardised: for this purpose, after signing the contract, the three partners set up a supervisory and steering committee (Partner Committee) in which Techint Technologies is represented by Enrico Garzone”.

Another special feature of the project is the company’s collaboration with the Iranian companies to which Mobarakeh Steel Company entrusted the supply of locally available products, civil engineering and assembly work, leaving the foreign partners total responsibility for plant design and supply quality control. It took over two years of tough negotiations with the National Iranian Steel Company, performed jointly and in full agreement by the three companies involved, to define all the details of the contract. “The contract” - recalls Garzone - “was signed in Teheran at an official ceremony in the presence of the Iranian Minister of Industry and the Italian Ambassador and was followed by a reception at the embassy. 

This bears out the importance given by both the Iranians and the Europeans to this contract involving an overall investment of 300 million euro for the imported plant, plus local labour and supply costs”. The project began at the beginning of 2001 with an independent management for each BU under the supervision of Roberto Mori (Project Director), assisted by a Cost Controller and a Procurement Co-ordinator. Work immediately suffered a setback because the significant recovery of the steel market caused the customer to delay some of the plant shutdowns required for the modification and extension work to take place, so as not to slow down production. All the new plants in the hot area are now operative and following the start-up, planned for the middle of 2005, of the pickling line and the coil rewind and inspection line constructed by the Strip 
Processing Lines BU, the Techint part of the project will finally be completed. “In the meantime” - concludes Garzone - “the customer is thinking of a new extension that should increase production at Mobarakeh to over 6 million tons a year. And we’re already hard at work on the new project”.

Feasibility study on Iran Oman Gas pipeline
2004 November 21

  PetroPars of Iran and the Dubai-based Middle East Natural Gas have reportedly invited engineering companies to conduct feasibility studies on the high-profile project to construct a gas pipeline from Iran to Oman.

According to a news agency, once the project becomes operational, Iran will export nine trillion cubic feet of gas to Oman over a period of 25 years.

A number of British and Japanese companies have been invited to assess the total costs of the project.

A pipeline will be constructed from Asalouyeh to Bandar Abbas in southern Iran and from there to the United Arab Emirates.

The gas will then be transferred to Oman via UAE.

Iran has the world's largest gas reserves after Russia.

The implementation of the multi-phased project to develop the giant South Pars gas field, which holds nearly eight-percent of the global gas reserves, is a top priority on the country's development agenda.

The field extends across the Iranian (South Pars) and Qatari (North Field) sectors of the Persian Gulf, and Iran's share is being developed in 25 phases.

The state-owned National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) will take over as production operator once development is complete.

3 steel made storage tanks for strategic oil inventory
2004 November 17

Iran plans to build up its strategic oil inventory by adding more than 2 mln barrels to the current level by the end of the current Iranian year in March.

Manager of the project to construct strategic crude oil storage facilities, Houshang Komaie, said on Monday that some 2.5 mln barrels of crude will be stored by March.

In an interview, Komaie who is supervising the project for the construction of 7 concrete and 3 steel-made storage tanks, said that construction of steel-made structures has so far made 80 percent physical progress. 

"Some 2.5 mln barrels of the stockpile will be used by March and another 500,000 barrels by next spring," he said.

According to Komaie, the construction of the steel storage tanks has so far cost the government 165 bln rials.

He said concrete storage facilities have shown a progress of 30%. "The government will be able to utilize up to 7 mln barrels of crude from them by fall 2006," the official noted.


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