Dubai: According to the ministry’s news agency, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Yesterday that Iran’s crude oil sales to Europe after the lifting of international sanctions on Tehran had already reached above 300,000 barrels. Iran’s oil exports, which had peaked at more than 3 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2011, fell to a little more than 1 million bpd after tougher sanctions were imposed in 2012 because of its nuclear programme.
After the rubber-stamping of the nuclear deal with world powers last year, however, Tehran has ordered a 500,000 bpd increase in oil output. “Based on the contract signed between the National Iranian Oil Co and France’s Total, it was agreed that Total will buy 160,000 bpd of crude oil from Iran to be delivered in Europe,” Zanganeh was quoted as saying by news agency SHANA, adding that the contract would be finalised on Feb 16.
He also said representatives of Italy’s Eni would visit Iran in near future to discuss a contract for buying 100,000 barrels of crude oil. He said, “Eni has voiced its interest in one of Iran’s fields which will be treated like the agreement reached with Total”. Iran’s oil minister said Italian refiner Saras was interested in buying 60,000 to 70,000 barrels of crude oil from Iran.