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Iran launches three key pipelines worth a combined $330 million

The pipelines will increase transfer capacity and could reduce dependence on tankers.

Iran has launched three pipelines for the transfer of petroleum products with well over $200 million in investments into the projects.

The 26-inch Shazand-Qom-Rey pipeline is 293 km long and has a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day (bpd); the 20-inch Naein-Kashan-Rey pipeline is 420 km long with a capacity of 204,000 bpd of petroleum products; and the 14-inch Tabriz-Khoy-Urmia pipeline is 220 km long, stretching from Tabriz to Urmia, with a total capacity of 65,000 bpd.

The Shazand-Qom-Rey pipeline project required investments of $59 million, Naein-Kashan-Rey received more than $221 million, and Tabriz-Khoy-Urmia cost $50 million.

Each pipeline has benefits for the country's oil industry; Shazand-Qom-Rey increases product transfer capacity by 300,000 bpd. The Naien-Kashan-Rey pipeline will facilitate the transfer of diesel, kerosene, and gasoline produced in the Persian Gulf Star, Bandar Abbas, and Ati Hormuz refineries to Naein and Kashan and then to Tehran. The Tabriz-Khoy-Urmia pipeline will eliminate the traffic of 500 tankers, according to state news agency SHANA, with both economic and environmental benefits.

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