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Iran emergency testing ways to make Gasoline

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posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 10:01 AM
This all sounds to me like Iran is expecting to be cut off from the rest of the world... anyone else see this as a troubling sign?

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DUBAI, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Iran plans to boost gasoline production by using petrochemical refineries to cope with any sanctions, but impure products and high configuration costs will make it only a short-term solution.

Last month, Iran produced gasoline from petrochemical plants as an emergency test to counter any possible sanctions on gasoline.

"With this move we would like to show that the West cannot use any limitations on selling gasoline to Iran as a tool against the Islamic Republic," Massoud Mir-Kazemi, Iran's oil minister, said after the test run

posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 11:55 AM
This is probably a stupid question but isn't gasoline (petrol) produced from petrochemical plants?

Doesn't Iran have a huge reserve of crude oil from which it can fractionally distill petrol thereby making the nation independant of western supplies?

posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 01:33 PM
reply to post by OZtracized

Iran has huge oil/natural gas reserves.

What it has not got is much in the way of refining capability.

With no western sources of refined gasoline, Iran would be in deep trouble and grind to a halt-except it's military, of course.

posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 01:37 PM

If there is a war with Iran, any refining plants will surely go "offline".

posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 01:40 PM
reply to post by OZtracized

distillation. This is what happens in an oil refinery -- crude oil is heated and the different chains are pulled out by their vaporization temperatures.

The chains in the C5, C6 and C7 range are all very light, easily vaporized, clear liquids called naphthas. They are used as solvents -- dry cleaning fluids can be made from these liquids, as well as paint solvents and other quick-drying products.

The chains from C7H16 through C11H24 are blended together and used for gasoline. All of them vaporize at temperatures below the boiling point of water. That's why if you spill gasoline on the ground it evaporates very quickly.

Next is kerosene, in the C12 to C15 range, followed by diesel fuel and heavier fuel oils (like heating oil for houses).

Next come the lubricating oils. These oils no longer vaporize in any way at normal temperatures. For example, engine oil can run all day at 250 degrees F (121 degrees C) without vaporizing at all. Oils go from very light (like 3-in-1 oil) through various thicknesses of motor oil through very thick gear oils and then semi-solid greases. Vasoline falls in there as well.

Chains above the C20 range form solids, starting with paraffin wax, then tar and finally asphaltic bitumen, which used to make asphalt roads.

its quite the dirty process...

petrochemical complexes make products from the refined oil product so the wouldn't have all the filtering needed to refine oil...

Primary petrochemicals are divided into three groups depending on their chemical structure:[1]

Olefins: include ethylene, propylene, and butadiene. Ethylene and propylene are important sources of industrial chemicals and plastics products. Butadiene is used in making synthetic rubber.
Aromatic Petrochemicals: include benzene, toluene, and xylenes. Benzene is used in the manufacture of dyes and synthetic detergents. Toluene is used in making explosives. Manufacturers use xylenes in making plastics and synthetic fibres.
Synthesis gas: is a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, and is used to make the petrochemicals ammonia and methanol. Ammonia is used in making fertilizers and explosives whereas methanol serves as a source for other chemicals.

completely different handling process and equipment

posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 01:42 PM
reply to post by mrmonsoon

That pretty much answers my question.

No point adding a second line.

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