RIPI Head: MoU with IFP to Turn into Contract in Near Future
TEHRAN, July 22 (RIPI) -- Regarding new conditions governing the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) in the area of technology and in line with the policies of Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zanganeh, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked with the French party is expected to turn into a contract with a strong power, initiated by National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and the IFP.
On Tuesday July 19, an agreement was signed by Head of the RIPI, Dr. Hamid-Reza Katouzian, and Chairman and CEO of IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), Didier Hussein, highlighting eight points.
"The RIPI has a long history of cooperation with IFP as the latter has offered very good services to Iranian oil and gas industries. So, we are honored to cooperate with the French oil institute and expand it," said Katouzian.
Personnel training is an important and effective area for cooperation between RIPI and IFP and rich facilities of the RIPI and effective experience of the French company in training of professional staff will be effective for the country's oil and gas industries, he added
Part of the agreement foresees scientific activities and studies on consultation to Natioanl Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and the subsidiary units of the Ministry of Petroleum, notably in the areas of upstream, enhanced oil recovery, field studies, storage tanks and wells, Yadavaran Field in downstream sector, gas sweetening, gas and other environment related issues, oil extraction and pollutants and measures to control the pollutants.
Katouzian said the agreement does not fall within the framework of new oil contracts. In fact, new oil contracts are related to oil exploitation, while research activities concern consultation and cooperation in scientific and technological domains.
The RIPI head added: "What was signed today is a general agreement in joint sectors. Next sections of the agreement are more detailed and focus on the contracts. The legal departments of the RIPI and the IFP are involved in the case and absolutely, they will consider interests of the two sides."
"We hope upcoming agreements and following contracts between the two bodies, which will be signed under supervision of the legal departments of the two companies, will be well done and no problem will occur as a result," he added.