Tehran (IP)- In a move to enhance oil products transfer, Iranian Minister of Petroleum Javad Owji revealed that 1000 kilometers of pipeline are set to come online by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, ending on March 20, 2025.

Iran PressIran news: Speaking on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting, Owji highlighted three projects ready for exploitation in Eastern Azerbaijan Province.

These include a 222-kilometer pipeline for conveying oil products from Tabriz to Oromyyeh, a project to improve the quality of gasoil produced at the Tabriz oil refinery, and its sulfur recycling unit project.

The Tabriz refinery's improving gasoil quality project is expected to increase the country's euro-5 gasoil production capacity by 5 million liters per day, significantly contributing to environmental improvement and air pollution reduction.

The Tabriz-Oromyyeh and Bandar Abbas-Rafsanjan-Sirjan oil products transfer pipelines, part of the 1000 km pipeline construction plan, will facilitate oil product conveying from oil refineries to consumption destinations such as power plants, industries, oil products storage facilities, and more.

Currently, around 16,000 to 17,000 tanker trucks are involved in carrying oil products on roads across the country. Owji emphasized that shifting to pipeline transportation will decrease tanker truck movements and related accidents, improve air quality, reduce transportation costs, and prevent road deterioration.

The minister also addressed the implementation of personal fuel cards at gas stations, aiming to reach 90-95% usage, up from the current 70%.

A system to reduce fuel smuggling is being developed, with online allocation of oil and gas for trucks and inter-city buses planned. Gasoil-burning vehicles will receive fuel rations based on distance traveled, playing a crucial role in preventing gasoil smuggling.