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NIOC Supports Expansion of RIPI Int'l Cooperation

Official: NIOC Supports Expansion of RIPI Int'l Cooperation

TEHRAN, July 22 (RIPI) -- Director of the Research and Technology Department of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Ebrahim Alavi Taleqani, said on Tuesday, July 19, that the day marked a very good day for the research community.

Taleqani made the remark on the sidelines of a ceremony for inking of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) and French IFP.

He said, "Research Institute of Petroleum Industry is a big industrial center, having professional group of staff specializing in the oil upstream and downstream sectors and form a big research network."

In the new era of research and technology, starting since last year, the RIPI, is a main technological development center dealing with well-reputed oil fields and plays an important role in the upstream sector, he added.

International technological cooperation and experience thus gained can be accounted as a positive step for the RIPI and entail positive consequences, Taleqani said.

The National Iranian Oil Company will be ready for any kind of cooperation for further expansion of international cooperation, the official further added.



MoU with French IFP to Turn into Contract in Near Future

RIPI Head: MoU with French 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.

1st Composite Oil Pipeline Operational in Marun

 TEHRAN, July 12 (Shana) – The first composite oil pipeline has been put into operation in Marun region of Khouzestan Province by the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI).

Head of the downstream research department of the RIPI, Mansoor Bazmi, told Shana that RIPI in partnership with National Iranian South Oil Company (NISOC) had coined the formula for production of the composite pipeline for transfer of crude and testing and operation of the pipeline, thus taking a big step towards omitting expenses of erosion of the oil pipelines.
He noted that the first composite pipeline for transfer of crude is 10 kms long between Marun three and four.

1% Recovery Rate to Produce $200bn

Anyone entering the premises of the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) for the first time can never imagine the intensity of work there. None of Iran’s rivals imagined that such important projects would come on-stream in Iran during years of tough sanctions.

Since sanctions were lifted in January, RIPI has accelerated its activities and it has been even cooperating with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

RIPI has set up a chain of top research institutes from across the globe in a bid to acquire cutting edge technology for Iran’s petroleum industry.

In an interview with Iran Petroleum, Amir Abbas Hosseini, deputy president of RIPI for technology and international affairs, speaks about the RIPI activities.

Q: Which fields do RIPI and AEOI are working together in? How does RIPI use centrifuges?

A: One of our tasks is benefiting from knowledge available in the country in favor of the petroleum industry. Petroleum industry equipment is of high significance to us. One of the most important aspects of petroleum industry is upstream sector, which is a top priority for Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum. In our upstream studies in rock engineering, centrifuges are used in separating rock from oil and identifying the movement of oil fluid in Earth layers and conducting studies on reservoirs, as well as finding traps. Foreign companies refuse to provide such equipment because of their dual use and that causes restrictions for us. Meantime, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and relevant bodies have applied nuclear technology in other sectors. For instance, centrifuges have been developed for the Ministry of Health.

Following meetings led by RIPI, AEOI officials agreed with the development of centrifuges for RIPI as the first step in nuclear knowledge spillover into the petroleum industry. Fortunately, RIPI is affiliated with Ministry of Petroleum and due to the ministry’s insistence the first contract was signed for the development of these apparatuses.

Q: What are the terms and conditions and duration of this contract?

A: This agreement involves making 10 centrifuges. The contract for making a first centrifuge has been signed for a 180-day period. Of course, AEOI has already started its work and I think the apparatus will be delivered in less than six months.

Q: Do you envisage any specific sector for using these centrifuges?

A: Yes, they are used in upstream reservoir studies. More specifically they are used in Azadegan, Ahvaz and Yadavaran oil fields development. They are also used in the routine activities of RIPI.

Q: How much do these centrifuges and foreign-made ones differ in price?

A: The centrifuges purchases from overseas are estimated to cost IRR 40 billion each, while they cost IRR 10 billion in Iran, according to an AEOI assessment. It means that we have got our necessary equipment at a price one-fourth the price of foreign products. Meantime, one has to take into consideration that due to their dual use, these centrifuges could not be purchased from abroad. These devices are strategic for Iran’s petroleum industry.

Q: What has the RIPI done for broadening its practical knowledge in this regard?

A: In this regard we have created an international network of technology. As far as development of technology is concerned we have two options; first, we start from the scratch and take the idea to the lab, bench and finally pilot scale. Then we enter the phase of industrialization and commercialization. The problem with this process is that it takes too much time. The second method is the reverse which is expanding in developing countries. In this method, a complex is built under foreign license. The proprietor of this license is often a developed country. The license is brought into a developing country. The stages are gone through from industrialization back to pilot, but not farther (There are nine steps, pilot stands in the 6th position). The level of technological maturity is time-taking in the first method and it has its own risks and it will keep the industry from catching up with the development of technology and it will resort to other sources. On the other hand, in the second method, the proprietor of technology is not interested in offering any assistance in the lower links of development of technology (steps 1 to 6) because it owns the knowledge. Resolution of this issue has different solutions in different countries. In Iran, we have applied our own nationalized method due to the policies of the Resilient Economy as well as changes in Iran’s political interactions with the world. As far as upstream policies are concerned we have applied two major principles of the Resilient Economy, i.e. endogenous development and outward-looking interaction. Endogenous development is in fact moving from down to top at different levels of energy development and going through stages of technology development from step 1 to 9. Outward-looking interaction is aimed at reducing this time. In a sustainable knowledge-based economy, receipt of raw materials must be curbed while the value-added chain must be expanded. That is when the economy will become sustainable and resilient.

For this purpose, the RIPI had to benefit from its extraordinary specialized manpower potential and use the created potentialities to research and applied projects. These potentialities have expanded in recent years.

Furthermore, the accountability time must be reduced. In recent years the RIPI has set up an international network of foreign partners that own technology.

Q: What is the basis of the activities of this international network?

A: This drive was in harmony with the petroleum industry’s priority. Our priority is to resolve the problems of this industry, and move based on demand. In other words, we do not conduct research merely for research, but our objective is to resolve a problem of petroleum industry. This is our major difference with the universities. At RIPI we have to go through step four upwards, i.e. from lab-scale upwards while the main task assigned to universities is to move in lower links of technology and develop technology. The chain of knowledge is completed in this way. We have used this issue in forming technological network.

Q: Can you provide an example to explain this process?

A: In the upstream oil industry, the top priority is to enhance recovery rate. In this way, the problems pertaining to production, reservoir studies, enhanced recovery and the environment will be resolved altogether. In order to deal with all these issues, the RIPI set up a technological network of top international companies to make contribution. In the downstream sector, the Ministry of Petroleum insists on the development of technologies related to repeatable units of petroleum industry. Ministry of Petroleum has tasked RIPI with establishing a sweetening institute for gas products. Similar networks are also used in the environment and energy sectors that would help enhance the RIPI capacity and help us contribute to more projects.

Q: Which countries are most represented in network members?

A: The Netherlands, France, Germany, Brazil, South Korea, Canada and Norway are present in this network. There are also some companies from Britain and Austria. In total, more than 20 countries are working with Iran in this field. Sixty percent are companies and the remaining 40% are universities.

Q: Which sectors are these countries involved in?

A: For instance, France is helping in the upstream industry and in enhanced recovery. In the downstream sector, it is involved in gas sweetening. With Germans, we are cooperating in catalyst production. We cooperate with Austria in upstream oil industry.

Q: Which sectors are related to cooperation with Brazil and England?

A: Heavy crude oil production is one of the important issues to us. Of course it pertains to the future and one of the RIPI strategies. The RIPI is getting ready for the future. That is why we are cooperating with Brazilian companies. Furthermore, for the first time, a consortium of Brazilian companies involved in upstream and field development is cooperating with us. England is working with us in the development of fields in the upstream sector.

Q: When was this network established?

A: Each company or university started its cooperation with us at a different time. But generally speaking, the network has taken shape over the past two years.

Q: Given the two-year history of this network, has it had any significant achievements?

A: Yes, definitely. We use the achievements of this network in upstream projects. We are working with one of these companies in the development of Ahvaz and Yadavaran oil fields. We use this network in our projects for studying reservoirs. We also refer to this network for some studies related to reservoir engineering. Some companies are internationally reputed. The RIPI has great potential, but it has to cooperate with well-known international companies in a bid to upgrade its technology and acquire updated knowledge. In master development plans for fields, NDP and FFS we cooperate with leading companies.

In the downstream sector, chemicals, additives and catalysts are advantages for us. Such cooperation has already taken shape in sweetening. Our partners will be named soon.

Gas is an important and strategic issue for this industry. That is why RIPI plans to boost its knowledge through interaction with top international companies in a bid to expand its sweetening procedures. The Netherlands’ Delft and Utrecht universities, Imperial College of London, Norway’s University of Bergen and a Brazilian institute are working in the upstream sector within the framework of a consortium. Britain’s Synergy Company and a Canadian firm are present in surface installations.

Q: Does Iran have any plans to export the knowledge it acquires?

A: In some sectors yes, but in some other sectors no. Our priority is to recover further from oil and gas reservoirs and resolve the problems of the petroleum industry in the future. Development of technology lies in the upstream sector and it will make great contribution to wealth generation in the country. One percent increase in recovery will add at least $200 billion to our wealth, with oil price at $40 to $50 a barrel. It means that we have to go that way.

We also provide services in some sectors. We are offering technological services to neighboring countries. The first reason is that our human power is highly potential. The second reason is the manufacturing of equipment despite all obstacles and restrictions. And the most important reason is the existence of huge oil and gas reserves. Therefore, the objective is to make Iran a service-providing hub in the region in terms of education and services. In our collaboration with some international companies, we are pursuing this objective.

Q: What has Iran achieved from cooperating with international companies?

A: We have to take into account the fact that we have got out of unjust sanctions after 10 years and we have just entered an atmosphere of interaction with the world. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is not an old document and we cannot expect foreign companies reach agreement quickly with us. We are just starting.

Naturally, we are expecting the waiting period for investment in the country and transfer of technology to be reduced. We have to create capacities in order to tempt back foreign companies. The RIPI is serving as a partner for attracting foreign companies. It also develops technology based on national policies and principles.

Q: How long will this process take?

A: Definitely this process will not be short-term, but we are making our best to accelerate the affairs. The second part of this issue lies outside the RIPI. Hopefully our petroleum industry has realized this issue very properly. For instance, the first technological proposal for Ahvaz field has been endorsed. The first desalting proposal with foreign partners has been also submitted. What we must do is to enhance our capacities; otherwise, we will face the same old problems.

Building Oil Centrifuges, Impressive Undertaking: Salehi

 In the ceremony of signing an agreement on Monday, May 30, 2016, for production of an ultracentrifuge held at Kharazmi Hall in the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, head of AEOI, Dr. Ali Akbar Salehi, announced that, “Nuclear industry will not only go on firmly in the nuclear field, but also make a good use of its experiences and knowledge to meet the needs of a host of other fields such as oil industry, health and agriculture.

"I feel glad to announce that we have taken important steps about cooperation between AEOI and Health Area, which are with the aim of meeting domestic needs as well as within the framework of Resistance Economy on which the Supreme Leader put emphasis," Salehi said.

This organization has realized one of its ambitious projects, that is, provision of 20 percent fuel, in an unbelievable manner and consequently Tehran reactor is up and running using the domestically-produced fuel which is regarded as a great achievement epitomizing ‘taking action based on willpower’”, he added

Pointing out that AEOI managed to provide the health area with centrifuges, as scarce dual-purpose facilities and technologies, Salehi went on to say, “Meeting the vaccine and new drug needs required advanced centrifuges and therefore the health area were provided with three of these kinds, which is considered as an honor to AEOI making a contribution to this area using its accumulated experiences and knowledge”.

Pointing to the memorandum of understanding between RIPI and AEOI inked on 5 April 2016, Salehi added that, “Both parties’ experts have already checked over each other’s equipment and therefore they are going to find ways in order for AEOI to offer its services to oil industry”.

Pointing out that centrifuge plays a key role in industry, Salehi said that, “Input material used in centrifuges in AEOI is gas, but it is liquid and solid as for the health area, which is looked on as a great experience for the country’s nuclear industry”.             

RIPI ready to test solar equipment: CEO

 Pointing to the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry’s testing of solar water heaters and thermal collectors for the purpose of using renewable energies, head of the RIPI, Dr. Hamidreza Katouzian, in the unveiling ceremony of RIPI’s first lab for testing solar equipment on Sunday, June 5, 2016, said, “Solar collectors and water heaters have been worked and experimented on in Iran for years”.

Infrared radiation, in this process, turns into thermal energy by way of a collector, which causes the inside water to heat up; and consequently this method can be used for water heaters”, Katouzian pointed out on performance of these equipment.

The first lab for testing solar equipment is the harvest of several years of RIPI- as well as other departments- experts’ endeavors, and it is hoped that the lab would keep working at national level and offer services to the manufacturers of such equipment as a standard reference center.  

Pointing out that, on average, there are 280 sunny days per year in our country, this senior official at the RIPI went on to say that, “We have taken important steps towards putting solar energy into use and the RIPI is also ready to carry out qualitative and performance tests on solar collectors and water heaters”. 

AEOI Inks Deal to Build Ultra-Centrifuge for RIPI

TEHRAN, May 30 (RIPI) – The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and the Research Center of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) have signed a deal based on which the former has agreed to supply RIPI with ultra-centrifuges for use in upstream research projects carried out by the institute.

The deal was signed on Monday, May 30, in a ceremony attended by Ali Akbar Salehi, AEOI head, Mohammad Reza Moghaddam, deputy petroleum minister in research and technology affairs and caretaker of the engineering department of the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum, and Hamid RIPI Head Reza Katouzian in the institute's vicinities in Tehran.

AEOI on April 5 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with RIPI for offering engineering, operational, consultation and research services and cooperation to RIPI.

The MoU was outlined in 11 areas based on which AEOI will supply RIPI with 10 ultra-centrifuges with usage in upstream research projects.

After only two months since the MoU was signed, AEOI has carried out nearly 60% of the design for the centrifuges and will conduct the rest based on the deal it just signed with RIPI.

The machine is being put together based on the latest technological developments in centrifuge manufacture in the world. 

Nuclear Technology Path Opener in Oil Industry: RIPI Head

 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."

RIPI Launches 1st Solar, SHW Systems Testing Lab

 TEHRAN, June 05 (RIPI) –The Research Center of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) launched its first laboratory for research on solar hot water systems and collectors.

A ceremony was held on Sunday, June 5 to launch the laboratory that is put together with support from the committee of renewable energies at the Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology. The event saw the presence of RIPI Head Hamid Reza Katouzian, and a number of other RIPI and government officials.

The lab is the first reference for testing solar equipment.

Addressing the event, Head of the Energy Development and Technology Research Center Mohammad Ayazi underlined the necessity of formation of the lab given the rise and spread of solar hot water systems in Iran and the rising need for conducting technical tests and assessing efficiency of such systems.

It is now years that solar hot water systems are being developed in Iran but because of the lack of such a lab, they could not have been carried out inside the country, he added.

Regarding the growth demand for energy in the world and the surmounting concern for drying up of fossil fuel reserves, not to mention the pollution they cause, using renewable sources of energy has become a vital necessity. Solar hot water systems, are but one example of technologies that have been taken into account in Iran for years now, and this laboratory makes it possible for testing the efficiency of such systems based on the state-of-the-art techniques.

A solar thermal collector collects heat by absorbing sunlight. A collector is a device for capturing solar radiation. Solar radiation is energy in the form of electromagnetic radiation from the infrared (long) to the ultraviolet (short) wavelengths.

Iran “self-sufficient” in Antifoaming Agents for Gas Refineries

A Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Sidelines of Tehran Oil Show:

Iran “self-sufficient” in Antifoaming Agents for Gas Refineries



 TEHRAN, May 08 (RIPI) -- Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI), National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) and Pars Axon Company signed an MOU, at the exhibition, over “production and localization of silicon-based antifoams” on Saturday, May 7.

On the sidelines of this meeting, NIGC’s director for research and technology, Saeed Pakseresht said that, “The MOU was over production of antifoaming agent which is one of the materials used in gas refinery units.”

Pointing out that antifoaming agent has been thus far imported into the country, he added that, “So far domestic production of antifoaming agents has been lower, and the previous efforts to increase production rate ended in failure.”

“In the past few years, NIGC in cooperation with RIPI as well as a number of other chemical companies set their sights on producing this agent within the country,” Pakseresht pointed out.

Saying that the first step was to develop a formulation in laboratory and to launch a pilot, he added that, “RIPI has managed to carry out this undertaking, laboratorial experiments and pilot studies which led to favorable outcomes, and one of the production companies has made a start on cooperation in commercializing the product.”

Pointing out that Pars Axon Company agreed to get the developed knowledge from RIPI, he said, “NIGC has asseverated that they will utilize this material in their own refineries.”

Saying that commercialization is considered as a priority to complete missing links in technology development chain, Seyed Amir Abbaas Hosseini, deputy head of RIPI in technology and international affairs, added that, “We can, with regard to technology development and commercialization, take practical measures to meet domestic needs and decrease dependence upon the materials and products whose resources are hardly up for grabs in the world, making us face the most serious challenges.”

Then he pointed out that domestic production is a top priority for RIPI, which helps achieve self-sufficiency and bring knowledge –based economy to fruition.

It should be noted that, according to the MOU, NIGC is the operator, RIPI is the provider of technical knowledge, and Pars Axon Company is the user of this technical knowledge as well as producer and supplier of the product within the country.    


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