Source: Press TV
Iranian scientists have achieved the technology of producing higher and cleaner grade fuel by reducing the amount of lead in gasoline through the isomerization process, Press TV reports.
Shazand refinery in Arak
Iranian scientists said on Tuesday that the process of Naphtha isomerization, which plays a significant role in the clean fuel technology, has gone into full effect for the first time in Shazand refinery.
"We started the project [Naphtha isomerization] in 1999 and with the help of the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry, we patented this idea in 2001," added an Iranian official.
The process seeks to add isomers to fuel in order to increase its octane level and subsequently reduce the amount lead found in gasoline, and finally to produce a higher and cleaner grade of fuel.
The researcher went on to say that the use of isomer technology in Iran and the production of cleaner octane put Iran's fuel quality in line with Euro 5 standards.
He added that they intend to increase the current 16% gas production from crude oil to 33%. The new advancement allows the Shazand refinery in center of Iran to produce 1,350,000 liters of gasoline per day.
Similar projects will soon be used in other Iranian refineries such as Tehran, Bandar Abbas and Shiraz, eliminating the need for purchasing the license from Western Countries, within the next 5 years.
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