TEHRAN, May 30 (RIPI) – Head of the Research Center of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) said nuclear technology is not limited to atomic areas and can serve as a "path opener" in the petroleum industry.
Addressing a Monday meeting with head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi at RIPI, Katouzian said the institute is keen on taking effective steps for ending dependence of the country's oil industry to foreign technologies with the help of domestic nuclear scientists.
Salehi had come to RIPI to sign a deal with the institute for construction of the first ultra-centrifuge for separating oil from sands.
"RIPI reveres itself for working with such a magnificent atomic organization like AEOI," said Katouzian, during the meeting.
He said construction of centrifuges needs advanced technologies, he added, saying, "We are very glad that this technology is now at the disposal of the petroleum industry."
The top RIPI official also said that nuclear technology must not be sees as being limited to atomic energy fields, adding, "AEOI wisdom, talents and creativities can be useful and path-opener in various industrial sectors of the country including knowledge-based petroleum industry."