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South African and Iran are planning to boost collaboration in the energy sphere following the removal of international sanctions from Iran in January.
Iran’s Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) and South African state oil firm PetroSA have signed an agreement to cooperate in the development of gas-to-liquids (GTL) and crude oil blending technologies. The agreement was signed on 24 April during a visit by South African president Jacob Zuma to Tehran this week. During the visit Iran’s oil minister Bijan Zanganeh also touted a resumption of crude oil sales.
PetroSA developed the world’s first GTL plant, a 45,000 b/d plant at Mossel Bay in South Africa which began production in 1992. However, the plant was not a commercial success: development of the technology was driven by a desire to be self-sufficient given international sanctions on South Africa, but it came online just as sanctions ended.
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