Iran Holds Conference on Internal Combustion Engines

Iran Holds Conference on Internal Combustion Engines

Iran has held an international conference and exhibition on internal combustion engines and oil industry to woo foreign investments to develop the sector now than international bans on Tehran’s nuclear program have been lifted.

700 participants from 10 countries, including Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France, Italy, India, Turkey, China and South Korea, attended the conference and presented their latest products on the sidelines of the event.


Beginning on Tuesday, February 16, the three-day event is put together by the Iranian Society of Engine and the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) and is aimed at devising a strategic document on fuel, propulsion and environment in Iran, as well as promotion of oil industry interactions and cooperation with the engine industry.  


“Besides what needs to be done on production of [conventional] gasoline-based engines, development of gas-based engines for buses and cars, LPG-propulsion and diesel engines for passenger cars is being viewed by the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum as a top priority,” said Iranian Minister of Petroleum Began Zangeneh, addressing opening ceremony of the conference.


He called on industrialists to focus their efforts on construction of optimized diesel and gas-based engines that can meet international standards for cars and buses as well as LPG and CNG-burning bus engines.


The International Energy Agency (IAE) has announced that fuel consumption will rise by at least 75% in the transportation sector by 2050 if required measures for curbing fuel intake of commercial vehicles are not taken when they should, said Zangeneh.


“The percentage can lower to 20% if efficient internal combustion engines are developed,” he said.


The senior energy official added that the expansion of hybrid and electric engines will help reduce the number of gasoline engines which will lower the growth of petrol consumption to only 10% by 2050.


He said plans are under way to expand the gas distribution network in Iran so that liquid fuels and refined petroleum products are no longer used in the transportation sector in order to be used for households, industries and power plants instead.


Likewise, 18,000 buses are planned to be renovated and upgraded to burn natural gas to reduce pollution and consumption of liquid fuels in Iran, he said.


Iran consumes 20mcm/d of compressed natural gas in its transportation sector which is nearly 25% of the fuel consumed by all the cars.


Iran enjoys one of the world’s largest gas distribution networks and nearly 90% of the population has access to gas supplies through pipelines. Furthermore, there are over 3,000 CNG stations across the country.


Zangeneh said LPG must enter the fuel mix of cars inside Iran, adding the LPG output of the country has little use inside the country and if it cannot be used domestically, it will have to be exported which incurs huge costs on the country.

Date: 3/8/2016