Iranian experts to re-launch Zimbabwe's oil refinery

Nov 25, 2006 01:00 AM

Iranian experts have been appointed to re-launch the only oil refinery of Zimbabwe, which halted operation 40 years ago.
The decision was made following a recent visit to Tehran by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. The refinery had originally been made to refine imported oil from Iran, but its operation came to a halt after the world community imposed sanctions on the then government of Rhodesia.

At present, Zimbabwe imports all its needed oil products from South Africa. Also during Mugabe's visit to Tehran, Iranian officials agreed to provide Zimbabwe with direct financial aid and cooperation in the agriculture and energy sectors. Harare, in return, has authorized Iran to explore and excavate her mines.
Iranian Petroleum Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh and Zimbabwean Minister of Energy and Power Development Michael Nyambuya discussed expansion of mutual cooperation in energy sector. During the meeting, the Iranian side made a number of proposals to meet Zimbabwe's needs in fuel and oilproducts, which were welcomed by the Zimbabwean minister.

The two sides also agreed to assign a group of Iranian experts to help to renovate and overhaul Zimbabwe's oil refineries. Further in the meeting, Vaziri Hamaneh said that once Zimbabwe's oil refineries are reconstructed, Iran would start crude supplies to Zimbabwe in order to meet that country's fuel consumption needs.
The Zimbabwean minister also welcomed a second proposal by Vaziri Hamaneh for the conversion of Iran's crude into oil derivatives in foreign countries and the consequent sales of such products to Zimbabwe. The two sides further decided to prepare and sign relevant cooperation documents in order to finalize the aforementioned agreements.

Also during the meeting, the Zimbabwean minister stated his pleasure with the trend of talks and laid emphasis on continued cooperation and development of ties between the two countries in various areas, energy sector in particular. Zimbabwe has requested Iran to build a 1,600 MW power plant onthe largest river of that country.
Iranian Power Minister Parviz Fattah said after a meeting with Nyambuya that Iran is also due to construct a coal-burning 600 MW power plant for Zimbabwe in the future.

He further pointed out that the two sides have agreed on the establishment of a branch of Iranian Transformer Manufacturing Company “Iran Transfo” in Zimbabwe.
Fattah also pointed to the training of Zimbabwean energy and power experts by Iranian experts and university professors as among other agreements held concluded by the two sides, reminding that Zimbabwe is one of the countries which have always accompanied Iran at the different political scenes.

Source: PIN
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