The Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) has launched Iran’s first petroleum coker unit which can process 400 kilograms of pet coke in every production cycle.
Attending a ceremony to launch the unit on Tuesday, RIPI Chief Hamid Reza Katouzian hailed the construction of the unit by Iranian industrialists as a technological success for the country.
“Gaining the technical knowhow of building the unit is in line with the policies and requirements of the resistive economy and will curb the sale of crude oil by the country,” said Mehdi Karbasian, deputy minister for industry, mines and trade, during the inauguration ceremony.
He also said IMIDRO and RIPI must enhance their ties for the country’s petroleum industry to move more rapidly in the path to progress.
A coker or coker unit is an oil refinery processing unit that converts the residual oil from the vacuum distillation column or the atmospheric distillation column into low molecular weight hydrocarbon gases, naphtha, light and heavy gas oils, and petroleum coke.
Iran spends $75m annually to import petroleum coke which is expected to cross $150m given the countyr’s rising need for the item.
Pet coke is widely used for production of metals like aluminum and steel industries.
The unit was jointly built by RIPI and the Iranian Mines & Mining Industries Development & Renovation (IMIDRO).
It took IMIDRO some 38 months to complete. It started operation on the project in 2012 under a research contract it signed with RIPI.