Tehran Hosts 18th Oil Show
International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition
was inaugurated on the closing days of the calendar month of Farvardin
(April 17) to provide an opportunity for global oil companies to set up
their colorful stands at Tehran International Fairground amidst the economic
conditions and Western sanctions. As commonly practiced in the previous
years, these companies quietly look after their own marketing and in
response to different questions about how to cooperate with Iran they would
simply offer you a smile!
the meantime, what could be observed is the routine process that has been
practiced in all the eighteen rounds of the oil show. In such exhibitions
and due to the presence of senior state officials as well as the oil
minister and his deputies new promises are given to those involved in the
oil industry. However, these promises and good news would not find an
opportunity to be realized until the next fair.
Last year on a similar occasion and on the days when the 17th
International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition was being
held, Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi and his deputies and even First
Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi announced full support for local
manufacturers and it was decided to improve the condition of local oil
producers. Nonetheless, what was heard from members of the association of
oil equipment manufacturers after a year was that only US dollars five
billion out of the promised nine billion had been purchased from domestic
manufacturers. This meant a debt of over US dollars four billion in hard
currency and 1200 billion in local currency (rials).
would remain a secure source of energy for some countries which have
kept distance from hostile policies of the West. Iran would
permanently supply oil to countries such as India and China but
these countries should also know that long-term maintenance of
energy by Iran would have some costs.
However, as in the previous years First VP Rahimi attended the international
exhibition in order to make an announcement like before in the midst of the
oil embargo and claim that the Westerners are desperate in the face of their
sanctions against Iran. "Upon a balance between imports and exports Iran
would have no need for oil revenues. Today, some foreign and Western
countries which have imposed oil sanctions on Iran have been humiliated.
Iran would remain a secure source of energy for some countries which have
kept distance from hostile policies of the West. Iran would permanently
supply oil to countries such as India and China but these countries should
also know that long-term maintenance of energy by Iran would have some
This high-ranking official while stressing that Iran would not appease any
country with oil, noted: "While the majority of oil wells in neighboring
countries are at the disposal of the United States, Iran has the most
independent oil industry in the world."
pointed to Iran's self-sufficiency in producing some commodities and
products which had previously been sanctioned by the West and said: "After
sanctioning gasoil by Western countries, Iran has reached self-sufficiency
in production of this commodity and thus responded to gasoil sanctions of
the West. Later, with cooperation of domestic experts Iran designed local
and national planes and currently experimental flight of the airplanes has
The First Vice President termed the sanctions imposed on Iran a huge flood
which intended to destroy the Islamic Republic but soon the flood subsided
and its water helped us fill low-water dams in the country."
further remarked: "The flood of sanctions disrupted our work but the enemies
did not know that we are able to put things in order quickly. In the
calendar year 1392 (began March 21, 2013) we will take advantage of our
toil. We have been able to establish the 14th important insurance
in the world in the midst of the sanctions, increase the salary of our
employees and God Willing will employ 200 to 400 thousand people."
Stressing that the enemies were after harming the Iranian nation, Rahimi
said on the contrary they had failed. He added: "The message is that with
regard to the motto of the year, that is to say ‘The Year of Political and
Economic Epic', we should plan so that no more oil would be exported but
rather be transferred inside the country to petrochemical products and those
products be exported; and we will do so."
I Thank Foreign Companies:
Rostam Qassemi, the Iranian oil minister since the past two years, spoke in
line with Rahimi's remarks on "humiliation" of those who imposed sanctions
and like the previous year thanked foreign companies and said: "Presence of
different countries from across the five continents of the world in the
International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition is indicative
of the fact that the Iranian oil industry is developing and making growth
and no country can stop the growth of the industry. We wish to thank foreign
companies for attending the eighteenth oil show as our relationship with
them is friendly and we hope to boost such friendly ties as compared to the
The oil minister referred to the celebrations marking independence of the
oil industry despite the sanctions and said: "Today, no oil product is
imported into the country and in future Iran will become a major exporter of
oil products. Although we welcome cooperation of all industrialized world
countries, Iranian craftsmen will always be supported in particular. Growth
of energy despite stagnation in some parts of the world is still
The oil minister by referring to Iran-Iraq joint cooperation in the field of
energy said: "Iran is ready to expand oil cooperate with Iraq. Iran is ready
for any kind of cooperation with Iraq and development of joint fields and
export of Iran's gas to Iraq is within the framework of such cooperation."
The oil minister also supported presence of Iranian oil industry equipment
manufacturers in Iraq. Qassemi termed US dollars 100 per barrel of oil
favorable for producers and consumers and said: "In case OPEC member
countries deem so an extraordinary meeting would be held for reviewing the
oil price in the market."