South Korea‚Äôs SK Engineering and Construction Co. (SKEC) signed a heads of agreement on Saturday for a 1.6 billion euro upgrade of the Tabriz refinery in northwest Iran.
South Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun, who was in Tehran to attend President Hassan Rouhani‚Äôs swearing-in, oversaw the signing between SKEC, Tabriz Oil Refining Company and National Iranian Oil Engineering and Construction Company (NIOEC).
“The purpose of the signing of the agreement, which is about to be signed into a contract in the near future, is to convert the furnace oil produced at the Tabriz refinery to products of higher value according to Euro 5 standard,‚ÄĚ PressTV reported.
Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) will finance the project which includes upgrades to desulfurization equipment as well as gasoline, diesel and other facilities.
The project will be carried out over a period of 48 months, bringing down the fuel oil capacity at the refinery to 2.0% from 20% now. Fuel oil is also known as fuel oil.
Tabriz oil processing plant, built in 1976, is among the Iranian refineries in dire need of upgrade and modernization. In February, the country signed a $3 billion contract with China to upgrade the Abadan refinery in southwest Iran.
Tabriz operates with a capacity of 110,000 barrels per day, turning crude oil to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), gasoline and diesel fuel.