Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has begun constructing the first all-Iranian petroleum refinery in the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, reiterating that Iran will not allow US sanctions to halt the country’s economic and technological progress.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the new refinery, which is to be constructed near the Persian Gulf Star Oil Refinery, was attended by IRGC Chief Commander Major General Hossein Salami on Thursday.
The IRGC’s Khatam al-Anbia Construction Headquarters, an Iranian engineering firm and one of the main contractors involved in the refinery’s construction, will take the lead role in construction of the project while also cooperating with companies from the private sector.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Salami said the construction of the Persian Gulf Star oil refinery, which made the country self-sufficient in the production of gasoline and other gas condensate, was also carried out by Khatam al-Anbia Construction Headquarters.
In an acknowledgement of the importance of the nation’s economic and technological capacities to making national independence and sovereignty a reality, the IRGC’s commander reaffirmed that the IRGC would do all in its power to help the country move on the path of progress despite the US sanctions.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Salami stated: “This oil refinery will be another valuable achievement in the path of self-sufficiency and independence of our Islamic homeland…
The IRGC would use all its capacities to help the Islamic Republic continue to make progress.”
The IRGC has also helped build over 1,000 kilometres of roads across Iran in recent years.
The Iranian general said that the IRGC would never allow any of the country’s development projects to be disrupted by the US sanctions, and emphasized that the enemies’ plots against Iran will be defeated by the Iranian nation’s resolve and determination.
Also addressing the ceremony Saeed Mohammad, director of the Khatam al-Anbia Construction Headquarters, said all stages of designing and constructing the all-Iranian oil refinery had been carried out in coordination with the government “so that we can use our full national capacities to strengthen our country’s economy and independence.”
The refinery will be built at an estimated cost of $460 million and is scheduled to be constructed within 24 months.
The IRGC, a military force tasked with major missions inside and outside Iran, has expanded its development and construction activities over the past years. It’s successes in these tasks have prompted the United States to pile more pressure on the elite force and accuse it of involvement in illegal activities, with the Trump administ6ration also designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization earlier this year.
The Guards have also played a major role in reconstruction activities following the devastating floods that swept through areas in the south, west and north of Iran in March, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless. LINK
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