Iran’s outgoing President Hassan Rouhani could not leave office without delivering – even if partially – on a major infrastructure promise of his government. On 22 July, he inaugurated the Islamic Republic’s first oil export terminal on the Indian ocean.

The new $2bn Bandar-e Jask export terminal is located in Hormozgan province at the end of a 1,100km 42-inch pipeline that brings oil from Goureh in the Bushehr province to Kuh-e Mubarak on the Gulf of Oman (see map). The new terminal will enable Iran to export some of its crude oil to the global market in the unlikely eventuality that the Strait of Hormuz is blocked, (CONTINUED - 749 WORDS)