Official Talks Capacity of Southeastern Railway
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.