More than 17% of Iranian knowledge-based companies work in the oil industry
TEHRAN – The head of the Iranian Association of Petroleum Industries Equipment Manufacturers (known as SIPIEM) has said that more than 17% of knowledge-based companies in the country are active in the oil, gas and and petrochemicals, Shana reported.
Speaking at a conference on the promotion of knowledge-based enterprises titled “Developing Relationships with Knowledge-Based and Technological Enterprises”, Ehsan Saqafi said that the financial turnover of knowledge-based enterprises has increased tenfold over the past five years, from 350 trillion rials (about $1.2 billion) to 3.5 quadrillion rials (about $12 billion) at the start of the Iranian calendar year in class (March 21).
The official noted that more than 40% of knowledge-based companies active in the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors are members of SIPIEM.
According to Saqafi, the number of SIPIEM members that have knowledge-based activities has currently reached 231 companies which represent four percent of the total number of knowledge-based companies in the country.
“These companies are responsible for around 10% of the financial turnover of all knowledge-based companies in the country,” he added.
Organized by Bandar Imam Petrochemical Company, the conference “Developing Relationships with Knowledge and Technology-Based Enterprises” was held on Saturday.
The current Iranian calendar year 1401 is named “Knowledge-Based Production and Job Creation” by the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
In a meeting with some of the country’s officials in April, the leader referred to this year’s motto and called an oil-free economy a long-term goal, saying at least two governments in eight years must work to solve this problem. problem (dependence on oil revenues).
In accordance with the realization of the motto of the year, the Ministry of Petroleum and all of its subsidiaries have announced strong determination and prepared plans for this purpose.
Petroleum Minister Javad Oji said, “We will increase oil production and reduce the oil industry’s import requirements by leveraging the power of knowledge-based production.”
“At the Ministry of Petroleum, we have appealed to five areas in order to be able to use the potential of knowledge-based companies to increase production. Low yield wells and optimization of fuel consumption in gas gathering, the ministry’s import needs and petrochemical complementary industries chain are some of these areas,” the minister said in late April.
“During the short period of establishment of this government, various knowledge-based business exhibitions have taken place, which I believe have very good potential in the upstream and downstream sectors,” further reiterated. Oji.
“According to the order of the leader, industry should become knowledge-based; it is possible, and we have started work within this timeframe,” noted the oil minister.
“Also, with our appeal, very good and capable companies have come forward, and the new contract formats we have designed will motivate these companies to cooperate,” he added.
The managing director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), the main subsidiary of the Ministry of Petroleum, also said that the main priority of the oil industry for the current year is to increase the production of oil in relying on the knowledge-based approach.
“With the planning that has been done using new technologies in the oil industry, we will strengthen the economic front of the oil industry more than before,” Mohsen Khojasteh-Mehr said.
Emphasizing that knowledge-based production will be at the forefront of the industry’s plans, the official said, “Creating sustainable employment opportunities while increasing production will certainly be a fundamental necessity and a strategy that must be taken into account. account”.
The National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), the other major subsidiary of the Ministry of Petroleum, also plays an important role in materializing the motto of the year.
As Majid Chegeni, the company’s managing director, said, the activity of the gas industry is directly linked to production and employment issues; as almost all industries in the country depend on gas power, hence the role of NIGC staff is highlighted in this due.
The National Petrochemical Company (NPC), another main subsidiary of the Ministry of Petroleum, is familiar with the knowledge-based concept and plays an important management and development role in the path of progress through new and technological vision, such as the said the company’s managing director.
In a meeting with APN directors and experts on the realization of the slogan of the year, Morteza Shahmirzaei said that the concept of knowledge bases is familiar to the whole big family of the petrochemical industry and that the units have had very good activities in this area due to their area of responsibility.
“Many equipment and catalysts in the petrochemical industry are entirely produced in the country relying on internal technical know-how, and we should eliminate the need to import them due to the existing capacities in the country and relying on on our national capabilities,” the official pointed out.