Iran is to start operating the first phase of Persian Gulf Star Refinery during the second half of the next Iranian calendar year which begins on March 21.
The Deputy Petroleum Minister, Abbas Kazemi (pictured), told Shana that the refinery will start producing high-octane gasoline.
The Minister, who is also the Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIOPDC), said the company launched the isomerization unit of Isfahan refinery in September, with a capacity of 7 million liters of euro-4 gasoline per day.
The capacity allows Isfahan to supply the fuel for nearby cities as well as Shiraz and Ahvaz.
The NIOPDC chief further said a development project in Lavan Refinery will become operational by March 2016 and another project in Bandar Abbas Refinery will come online by spring with the production capacity of 3 ml/d of gasoline of which nearly half will be supplied with euro-4 standards.