In a post on his Twitter account on Thursday, Alireza Moezzi said the opening of Persian Gulf Bidboland Gas Refinery marks a “historic day” for Iran’s oil and gas industry.
“The Persian Gulf Bidboland megaproject is the homeland’s huge stride in production, in seizing the opportunities, and in standing against the sanctions. The old wish to turn the flare gas into refinery input came true under the 12th administration,” he added.
Moezzi noted that 82 percent of the Persian Gulf Bidboland Gas Refinery was completed during President Hassan Rouhani’s tenure.
He said the opportunity provided by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was taken to finance the environmental-friendly project and supply its basic equipment, noting that the megaproject never came to a halt under the pressure of sanctions.
Known as the symbol of resistance to the economic war, the gas refining complex was chosen as the world’s third biggest megaproject in 2020, Moezzi added.
“The installment stage and operating this megaproject, as well as the domestic supply of many of its apparatus, have been carried out in the era of sanctions. Now as Trump, the initiator of the cruelest anti-Iranian sanctions, has been removed from power, the symbols of Iranian resistance, such as Persian Gulf Bidboland, are emerging one after another,” deputy chief of staff of the President’s Office for communications and information affairs noted.
The megaproject launched in the southwestern city of Behbahan, came on stream on Thursday upon an order by President Rouhani who used a video conference call to open the facility.
Construction of the refinery began in 2015. It has cost $3.4 billion, of which $2.3 billion has come from Iran’s sovereign wealth fund. Some 15,000 people contributed to the construction process which included works for over 1,000 kilometers of pipelines to collect flares from oilfields in three southern provinces of Khuzestan, Bushehr and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad.