6 September 2006 - 20:19

Kermanshah oil exports to Sulaymaniyah aimed to curb smuggling


KERMANSHAHIn an attempt to curb oil smuggling to Iraq via this western border province, oil products will be exported to the Iraqi Kurdish province of Sulaymaniyah, a local official said Wednesday.


“The Oil Ministry has pledged to provide us with as much as oil products is required to stop smuggling through western borders,” Ghafuri, the general governor of the province, stated, adding the revenues will be used in developing the local economy. A delegation from Sulaymaniyah arrived here on Tuesday to finalize a memorandum of understanding, including various areas of mutual interest, the draft of which was signed a few weeks ago during a Kermanshah trade delegation’s trip to the Iraqi Kurdish region.


Semnan exports over $15.6m of goods in 5 months


SEMNAN – Some 24,711 tons of goods, valued at over 15.6 million dollars, was exported from this Iranian province in the first five months of the current Iranian year (March 21-August 22).


This showed 73% increase compared to the same period last year. The exported volume, consisting of ceramic tiles, cooking oil, fleece, detergents, and motor bikes, was destined for Germany, China, Italy, Russia, and Central Asia.


First corn flour factory comes on stream in Tehran Prov.


TEHRAN The country’s first corn flour (cornstarch) factory has come into line in the Eshtehard Industrial Park, 75 kilometers southeast of the city of Karaj, west of capital Tehran.


“This is a factory equipped with the state-of-the-art machinery,” Ghadam-Kheyr Mohammadi the owner of the factory claimed, putting its annual corn flour production capacity at 30 tons. Iran used to import its whole demand for cornstarch, he said, noting the factory’s product can be used to make certain cakes and biscuits and macaroni.


Iran’s five-month import of electricity hits 1,373 MW


TEHRAN More than 1,370 megawatts of electricity was imported from the neighboring counties in the first five months of the current Iranian year.


This showed 11% increase compared to the corresponding period last year. In the past twelve months, Iran has exchanged electricity with Pakistan, Armenia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Iraq.


Costly Gotvand Dam to come into line in three years


AHVAZ, Khuzestan Prov. – The project for constructing Gotvand Dam near the city of Dezful, which is estimated to cost above all other dam construction projects currently underway across the country, will come on stream by 2009.


The construction site is located on the Karun River, 25 kilometers north of the city of Shushtar. The Gotvand Dam is of rock-fill type with central clay core. It is 178 meters high with a 760-meter long crest. The reservoir dam has a chute spillway, with a stilling basin, and a reservoir that will have a total capacity of 4,500 million cubic meters. The project is expected to greatly help with the development of agriculture in the area, which is rich in fertile land and water but poor in industrial management.


Iran exports $62m of dates since March 21


TEHRAN Some 95,000 tons of dates, valued at 62 million dollars, was exported since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2006).


The volume was exported to the UK, Canada, Russia, the UAE, and Pakistan. Iran is the world’s first date exporter while standing second in terms of palm date growing coverage (230,000 ha) following Egypt. Iran’s yearly date production reaches 1 million tons. This year, Iranian date has been sold at 60 cents a kilo.


Barley production hits 3m tons


TEHRAN Some 3.45 million tons of barley has been produced in Iran during the current farming year, an official from the country’s Agricultural Jihad Ministry said Wednesday.


This volume was collected from an area of 1.56 million hectares across the country, he added. “We need four million tons of barley this year,” he claimed, adding that more than 500,000 tons should be imported. Barley farming is projected to cover 1.8 million hectares of farmlands in the next Iranian year (starts March 21, 2007).











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