- “Iran’s oil exports will not be stopped even if international maritime passage closes one day,” he said.
- Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz.
- The pipeline would allow Iran to continue to export its oil in this event.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the construction of the Goreh-Jask pipeline as one of the projects of the Ministry of Petroleum in the provinces of West Azerbaijan, Markazi, and Hormozgan. According to the news sources, Rouhani made remarks at a ceremony, which took place on Thursday.
“Iran’s oil exports will not be stopped even if international maritime passage closes one day,” he said. “The government, we were thinking about this plan to pipe the gorge to Jask, considering that it is very important for us in terms of national security. I have always been concerned that this plan will end in the Eleventh and Twelfth Governments.”
Circumventing the Strait of Hormuz
This is considered the most strategic plan of the government and very important for national security. If the Strait of Hormuz is closed, which the Islamic Republic has repeatedly threatened to do, it will allow Iran to bypass this route and divert its oil from the Gulf of Oman.
Oil-exporting countries in the region have been looking for other ways to transport their oil for years due to concerns about the closure of the Strait of Hormuz. The Islamic Republic is the only country that does not currently have such a possibility.
“Many countries in the region have been able to find a second way to export their oil, now either through the Red Sea, the Mediterranean or the Sea of Oman, so that they can export oil through other channels when the Strait of Hormuz is in danger,” Rouhani said on Thursday.
Iran the “Only Victim” of the Strait of Hormuz
President Rouhani acknowledged that “the only country left in the meantime was the Islamic Republic of Iran, and if one day the Strait of Hormuz was closed for any reason, its oil exports would be completely stopped.”
The use of the past tense, “was,” in Rouhani’s speech seems as misleading as the use of the phrase “exploitation” in the title of Thursday’s ceremony. The Gora-Jask pipeline has not yet been built and will require a lot of time and investment to complete.
The plan was implemented in cooperation with foreign companies that withdrew from the United States after the US withdrew from the nuclear deal in May 2018, and reimposed sanctions.
Minister Zanganeh says that the pipes of this project are 42 inches in diameter, and were imported from abroad. With the departure of foreign companies, three Iranian companies succeeded in producing similar ones.
“Exploitation” of a Project Whose Pipes are Not Ready
Pointing out that the sheets needed for the oil pipeline were not previously produced in Iran, Rouhani said that the three companies— Mobarakeh Steel Company, Auxin Company, and the Pipe Manufacturing Division— were able to produce the required pipes together.
The President expressed hope that the implementation of this plan will be completed in March next year. The oil minister also said that the Gore-Jask oil pipeline project had achieved 40% “physical progress” so far.
Although Rouhani admits that the Islamic Republic is the only country that has difficulty closing the Strait of Hormuz, it continues to defend the threat and the slogan of closing the Strait.