Iran Energy Insight

The principle purpose of our Iran Energy Insight is to update our readers on recent developments in various parts of Iran’s energy sector.

With sanctions being lifted, and the country aiming at reestablishing itself as an important recipient of international investment and technology, Iran’s energy sector is poised to evolve rapidly, precipitating a major shift in global energy markets. Today, Iran’s upstream and downstream energy sectors face exciting new challenges: domestic energy market reform; intensive competitive pressures for increasing efficiency and productivity; and regaining its former position in international oil and gas markets. Our aim is to reflect on the opportunities and challenges arising from this changing energy landscape in order to assist domestic and international energy players to have a better and more realistic understanding of Iran’s energy market.  

Energy Pioneers’ Iran Energy Insight covers the trends in Iran’s energy sector and provides analytical briefs addressing the economic and commercial issues faced by various segments of the energy market.

Post-Rouhani Election: Prioritised Projects in the Energy Sector

After the re-election of Rouhani in May 2017, the Vice-President, Eshaq Jahangiri, who is also the Head of Economy of Resistance Committee, assigned and mandated both Ministries of Energy and Petroleum with a set of defined prioritised projects which are expected to be implemented by the end of the current Iranian year, i.e March 2018

Some of these projects are parts of completing the pending puzzle of development in the oil and gas industry and efficiency enhancement and sustainability in the energy sector.

Read Energy Pioneers reflection on these prioritised projects, and on the pending status of their implementation


The Dissolution of the National Iranian Gas Export Company: Consequences for Iran's gas export ambitions

In November 2016, news broke out that the National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC) was finally dissolved by the Ministry of Petroleum and integrated into the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC). The initiative was a result of the Ministry’s structural readjustments of national oil and gas companies in the post-sanction environment to improve the gas sector management, tackle the industry’s ongoing internal dysfunction and strengthen hopes for increasing Iran’s gas export potential.

Read our special report on the reasons behind the ongoing structural changes in Iran’s gas industry and their implications for the country's gas export ambitions.

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Azadegan oilfield development: reasons for delay and challenges ahead

In February 2017, the Iranian Oil Minister announced that the bidding process for the development of Azadegan oilfield will start in late March-early April this year. The development of Azadegan oilfield, deemed to be Iran’s largest oilfield discovery since 1980s, is one of the Oil Ministry’s top priorities in the post-sanction era.

The development tender is expected to include both North and South Azadegan oilfields as an integrated project; such a project scale-up could potentially lead to delays and limit the number of companies which may possess the right technical and financial capabilities to develop such a massive project. 

The role of the inherent politicisation of the Iranian oil industry also cannot be neglected – a role which most likely continues shaping the next steps of the tendering process for the Azadegan oilfield development.

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Hamedan solar project: A ground-breaking juncture in Iran’s renewable energy market

In an exclusive interview with the Director of Planning and Development of SUNA. 

The successful launch of the 14MW solar plant in Hamedan has set in motion a number of significant implications for the future of Iran’s fledging renewable energy market. Largest of its kind in Iran to date, the Hamedan solar plant, among many other things, has put an end to years of frustration among developers and investors over impediments of bringing on stream projects under the Iranian Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) framework. This development will not only result in significantly reviving the optimism of international investors in counting on the numerous opportunities of this market, it also boosts the international confidence in reengaging and speeding up the implementation of newer projects, albeit in a more competitive environment. This newly revived confidence is interestingly created despite the earlier judgments over the negative ramifications of Trump presidency over long-term development of the market.

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Iran Energy Insight 3rd Vol

In this issue the stories covered are:

  1. Kerman Province: the next solar destination in the Middle East
  2. Iran rig fleet: a brief on the Iranian drilling market in the upcoming years
  3. Iran LNG industry: an opaque outlook
  4. Fire at Iran’s petrochemical plants: from conspiracy to reality

    Iran Energy Insight 2nd Vol

    In this issue the stories covered are:

    1. IPCs update: parliamentary approval and tender planning
    2. Rekindling Iranian renewable projects: hopes and synergies
    3. The mounting investment in distributed generation systems
    4. Hydroelectric power capacity: what's new?
       Iran Energy Insight: August Issue

      Iran Energy Insight 1st Vol

      In this issue the stories covered are:

      1. New Iran Petroleum Contracts: Is Parliament’s Approval required?
      2. Iran-Oman gas deal: a 16-year old negotiation process yet to yield result
      3. The Mounting Challenges of Economic Growth onIran’s Generation Infrastructure
      4. Pricing on Iran’s Petrochemical Feedback
      5. $8 Billion Investment Required for Implementation of three Major Projects of TPPH
      6. Iran’s Urea and Ammonia Production Capacity

      Investment advisory reports on Iran's energy sector

      Energy Pioneers provides Iran-based energy-focused reports and analysis, relying on primary data and information collected directly from various governmental organizations, local companies, syndicates, and chambers of commerce. Our extensive and ever-growing network of contacts within the Iranian energy industry, together with our on-the-ground team of experts, uniquely positions us to be the leading international voice advocating the fast but sustainable development of Iran’s energy sector.

      We develop in-depth and informative reports on various segments of the Iranian energy sector, including upstream, mid-stream and downstream oil and gas, power, renewable, petrochemical, refinery and energy management solutions. Our aim is to provide fact-based and timely analyses based on first-hand data and information to assist our clients to make the right investment decisions in Iran’s energy sector.

      We also provide reports specially tailored to meet individual clients’ requirements.