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Iran to send 2 million litres of gasoil to Afghanistan daily

Source: ISNA, Tehran

Iran plans to send 2 million liters of gasoil to Afghanistan daily after the country stopped gasoil transit from Iraq's Kurdistan region to Afghanistan.

A refinery in Tehran

The decision was made last night following talks between Iranian and Afghan officials.

Iran's oil products exporting union chief Hamid Hosseini in an interview with ISNA called for Iranian private sector's participation in the oil products' shipment to Afghanistan.

Iranian Oil Ministry as well as Distribution and Refining Company are in talks with Afghan officials to meet fuel needs of the war-torn country, the measure which needs Iranian private sector's cooperation, he went on to say.

Hosseini also rejected reports that Iran's stop of fuel transit from Iraq to Afghanistan aimed at taking control of Afghan market, saying that, "the action came due to cultural, economic and security issues."

He added, "Iraqi Kurdish officials have exported their subsidized gasoil and their central government increased pressures on Iran to halt transit process."

The gasoil to be sent by Iran holds a better quality comparing to the one which came from Iraq's Kurdistan, he said adding, "nothing is declared on price of the fuel."

About Gasoil:
Fuel oil is classified into six classes, numbered 1 through 6, according to its boiling point, composition and purpose. The boiling point, ranging from 175 to 600 C, and carbon chain length, 9 to 70 atoms, of the fuel increases with fuel oil number. Viscosity also increases with number, and the heaviest oil has to be heated to get it to flow. Price usually decreases as the fuel number increases.

No. 1 fuel oil, No. 2 fuel oil and No. 3 fuel oil are variously referred to as distillate fuel oils, diesel fuel oils, light fuel oils, gasoil or just distillate. For example, No. 2 fuel oil, No. 2 distillate and No. 2 diesel fuel oil are almost the same thing (diesel is different in that it also has a cetane number limit which describes the ignition quality of the fuel). Distillate fuel oils are distilled from crude oil.

Gas oil refers to the process of distillation. The oil is heated, becomes a gas and then condenses. (read more)

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