Iran’s Oil Ministry authorities said on Monday that crude had finally reached the port of Jask on the Sea of Oman after traveling some 1,000 kilometers from Iran’s oil pumping facilities in Persian Gulf’s westernmost region of Goreh through a newly-built pipeline that stretches around the strait, presstv.ir reported.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to formally announce the rollout of the Goreh-Jask pipeline on July 22, according to recent statements by the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).
However, authorities in Petroleum Engineering and Development Company (PEDEC), a subsidiary of the NIOC, said on Monday that crude had started to be loaded to a tanker parked six kilometers off the port of Jask in the runup to inauguration.
PEDEC CEO Touraj Dehqani said that a first phase of the Goreh-Jask pipeline project will enable Iran to export 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude from the new export facilities in the region.
The project, which has cost $two billion in nominal government investment over the past two years, will reach one million bpd of capacity once it is fully ready in October.
Dehqani said some six million bpd of crude should always be available throughout the Goreh-Jask pipeline to ensure sufficient supplies reach storage facilities in Jask.
Iran hopes the new terminal in Jask will allow increased exports of crude once it is relieved of US sanctions on its oil sales.
The strategic pipeline will create a secure route for delivering crude to foreign customers just outside of the Strait of Hormuz where tankers have been subject to attacks and sabotage in recent years.