Of­fi­cial Talks Ca­pac­ity of South­east­ern Rail­way

Iran News - - DOMESTIC -

TEHRAN - A pro­vin­cial of­fi­cial has said that 7.5 mil­lion tons of freight are ex­pected to be car­ried through an un­der con­struc­tion rail­way seg­ment in south­east­ern Iran once the project is fi­nal­ized.

Da­nial Mo­hebi, the gov­er­nor-gen­eral of the south­east­ern prov­ince of Sis­tan and Balouch­es­tan, has said that the ini­tial plan had en­vis­aged a ca­pac­ity of 2.5 mil­lion tons for the rail­way link­ing the port city of Chaba­har to Za­hedan City.

How­ever, the pro­jected ca­pac­ity has in­creased by five mil­lion tons fol­low­ing mea­sures taken aimed at de­vel­op­ing the in­fra­struc­ture, he said.

He fur­ther urged the of­fi­cials to fa­cil­i­tate the con­struc­tion of the 610 kilo­me­ters-long rail­way.

The rail­way seg­ment which will even­tu­ally link the south­east­ern port city of Chaba­har to Afghanistan has been com­pleted by 25 per­cent. TEHRAN - Iraq says it plans to start oil ex­ports to Iran from the north­ern Kirkuk fields next week un­der a swap deal an­nounced last month.

Iraq is about to truck 60,000 bar­rels per day (bpd) of oil from Kirkuk to Iran’s Ker­man­shah re­fin­ery across the bor­der and ship back re­fined Ira­nian oil for south­ern Iraq.

Act­ing director gen­eral of Iraq’s state-oil mar­keter SOMO Alaa al-Yasiri said Mon­day the swap will boost the Arab coun­try’s crude oil ex­ports which ran at an av­er­age rate of 3.5 mil­lion bar­rels per day in Jan­uary.

For the time be­ing, tanker trucks will be used for the ship­ment but Iran and Iraq also plan to build a pipe­line to carry the oil from Kirkuk, Iraq’s Oil Min­is­ter Jabar al-Luaibi said last month. This file photo shows Ker­man­shah Re­fin­ery in western Iran which will re­ceive oil from Kirkuk oil­fields. Crude oil from Kirkuk used to be sent to the mar­ket via Turkey and the Mediterranean. Those sales have been halted since Oc­to­ber when Iraqi troops took back con­trol of the oil­fields fol­low­ing a secession vote in the coun­try’s Kur­dis­tan.

It is yet to be seen whether Iraq will con­tinue to op­er­ate the Mediterranean ex­port route af­ter the planned pipe­line to Iran comes on­line.

Iraq’s Oil Min­istry has said that the pipe­line was “too dam­aged by at­tacks by Daesh ter­ror­ist gangs to be re­ha­bil­i­tated”.

Iraq ex­ported 250,000 to 400,000 bpd through the pipe­line be­fore the start of Daesh in­sur­gency halted the sup­plies.

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