The Shah of Iran on Sunday (5 November) inaugurated a new jetty at Kharg Island oil terminal.
The Shah of Iran on Sunday (5 November) inaugurated a new jetty at Kharg Island oil terminal. It is one of the largest in the world, able to load a 500,000 ton and a 3000,000 ton tanker simultaneously.
The coral Island of Kharg has many historical associations, and today it is a symbol of Iran's progress in modern industry and technology. Facilities at the crude oil terminal include the world's largest storage tank - holding 14 million barrels - and an undersea pipeline, which is large enough to drive a car through. The island was selected in 1958 to be the main gateway for Iran's oil industry.
The development opened by the Shah includes an artificial Island 5,000 feet (1,524 metres) offshore. In providing facilities for 500,000 ton tankers, Iran is anticipating future developments, for there are not yet any half-million ton supertankers, though they have been predicted for the future. The total cost of the new oil terminal is fifteen-million pounds sterling.
SYNOPSIS: A new jetty has been added to the facilities on the Iranian Island or Kharg, which is the expert gateway for the Persian oil industry. It is the most modern crude oil terminal in the world, and is already a hub for international petroleum traffic.
The jetty was officially inaugurated on Sunday by the shah, who walked the 5,000 feet to what is virtually an artificial Island st the end.
The Shah visited the control building and met the technicians who operate the giant terminal. Much of their work involves remote control operation, and automatic equipment has been installed wherever possible. Even the lights come on automatically when natural light falls below a certain level. The terminal has been planned with an eye to the future - it can handle tankers of up to half a million tons, although no ships of this size have yet been built.
But even in the most modern surroundings there's time for an old ceremony - signing the visitors' book.
Facilities at Kharg Island include the world's largest storage tank, and an underwater pipeline large enough to drive a car through. The tall derricks where waste gases burn seem like the modern equivalent of the ancient monuments for which Kharg was famous before the oil boom.