Crude Oil Qualities in Iran

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The region typically produces two grades - the National Iranian Oil Co's (NIOC) straight-run 280-CentiStokes (cst), mainly used as feedstock in refineries, and the cracked 380-cst as bunkering fuel (any type of fuel used aboard ships).[1]

Iranian cargoes are in high demand in Asia because their low-density, low-water specs allow blenders to extract more value from the oil. [1]

Since 2007, according to the online publication Oil Price, Iran had to import gasoline due to its lack of adequate refineries. As of August 2012, it has been developing its refinery capacity to reduce its dependence on imports. [2] According to the Fars News Agency, oil minister Rostam Qasemi said that Iran plans to turn one million barrels a day of oil into refined products by March 2016.[2]

Product Name API gravity Sulphur content (as % of mass)
Doroud 34° 2.5%
Foroozan Blend 29.7° 2.34%
Iran Heavy 30.2° 1.77%
Iran Light 33.1° 1.50%
Lavan Blend 34.2° 1.93%
Mediterranean Sidi Kerir (Heavy) 30°
[Mediterranean Sidi Kerir (Light) 34°
Nowruz/Soroush 18-19° 3.4-3.5%
Sirri 33.4° 1.81%
[3]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Analysis: Mideast Fuel Oil" Reuters, 5 March 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Iran will look to refine its crude domestically" Oil Price, 2 August 2012.
  3. "List of Crude Oil Products" Wikipedia, Retrieved on 9 August 2012.
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