Mazandaran Mulls $3 Billion Target for Non-Oil Exports
the Governor General of Mazandaran said that soon the responsibilities of
each public and private sector economic agency to realize the said target
will be determined and those underemployed from the public and private
sectors will be terminated.
Mazandaran, with an annual production of 6 million tons of agricultural
products and a high potential for increasing production, can realize this
scheme by the end of the Sixth Development Plan (2016-2021).
Eslami said the target is in line with
reducing the finished cost of non-oil commodities, diversification of export
destinations, development of packaging and commodity standardization, and
benefiting from export incentives.
government’s high representative in Mazandaran believed that the development
of exports requires an analysis of the political and economic issues of the
target countries and appropriate planning with the conditions of the day in
these countries. He said that the foreign trade groups should benefit from
smart exports desks.
He said the
smart desk should be composed of elite and young forces that would have the
ability to analyze the economic and political issues of the day and would be
familiar with modern technology.
Eslami, in the present situation, the export of goods from his province is
done in the traditional way without targeted planning and analyzing the
political and economic issues of target countries.
that the traditional way of exporting goods in this province has prevented
the value of exported goods to grow in the last few years.
the event, the chairman of the Mazandaran Chamber of Commerce said that the
high prices of goods and high bank loan interests, the lack of incentives
for exports, and the weak transportation infrastructure were the main
obstacles to the progress of the province’s exports.
obstacles in the way of exports in the country, Abdullah Mohajer cited the
following: instant decision making, cumbersome rules and regulations,
repeated change of rules and regulations, and intervention of political and
regional groups in trade and economic relations. He said with the gradual
elimination of these problems the realization of $3 billion exports for
Mazandaran is possible.
In the past
year, more than $650 million in non-oil goods and in the first nine months
of the current calendar year (March-September) $385 million worth of goods
were exported from the province’s customs.
Mazandaran’s Amirabad Port Investments
Top $230 Million Since 2013
trillion rials ($237 million) worth of investments have been made in the
development projects of Amirabad Port in the northern Mazandaran Province
since President Hassan Rouhani first took office in August 2013, the former
head of Amirabad Port and Special Economic Zone said.
“The port has
the capacity for loading and unloading 7.5 million tons of cargo. The figure
stood at 4 million tons before Rouhani became president,” Ali Khedmatgozar
was also quoted by IRNA as saying.
Amirabad is currently the largest port
facility on the Caspian shore and the third largest port in Iran. The
1,000-hectare port currently has nine berths, which can accommodate Ro-Ro
vessels, trains and trucks.
In a visit to
Amirabad in April, Rouhani inaugurated the second development phase of the
port, consisting of six new berths with the capacity of four million tons,
as well as new facilities such as warehouses and grain silos.
Caspian Sea States
Rouhani said the development of Amirabad Port will contribute to “effective
trade relations” with the Caspian Sea littoral states and Commonwealth of
Independent States, referring to the port’s link to Iran’s rail network as a
big development for Iran’s economy.
underway to expand grain handling facilities to boost its capacity from 7.5
million tons to 18 million tons by 2030. To achieve this, the grain silo
capacity will be expanded from 170,000 tons to 500,000 tons.
Tourism Facilities, Projects Launched in Northern Iran
facilities have been launched in the coastal province of Mazandaran in
Mounesan, the head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism
Organization, attended the inaugural and ground-breaking ceremonies and also
held a meeting with entrepreneurs, CHTN reported.
Two hotels in
Ramsar County came on stream. A three-star one with 36 rooms was built at a
cost of 200 billion rials ($4.2 million) and created jobs for 16 people.
The other one
was a two-star hotel with 25 rooms and employed 20 people. Its construction
cost 250 billion rials ($5.3 million).
Mounesan later visited Tonekabon County to
inaugurate an apartment hotel whose owner claims will offer five-star
“This is the
first villa hotel in the country with each villa boasting a private garden,
terrace and swimming pool,” Tahmoures Mazaheri, the hotel’s investor, said.
Iran Eyes Marine Tourism Hub in
Ports along the
Caspian Sea coast in northern Iran will soon be turned into major marine
tourism hubs, said deputy head of Ports and Maritime Organization.
Hadi Haqshenas further told ISNA that a
tourism route stretching from the port of Anzali in Gilan Province to the
Caspian Sea coastline in Mazandaran Province will be created in the near
He added that
the Caspian Sea littoral states view the project positively and the ports
can attract beachgoers and tourists interested in marine tourism.
Zones Identified for Mazandaran Solar Plants
In line with
efforts to use the country’s maximum potential in harnessing renewables, 55
zones have been identified in Mazandaran Province for developing solar power
plants, a senior official said.
“Plans are high
on the agenda to implement four solar plants in the province by the end of
the current [fiscal] year [ending March 2019],” Qasem Shahabi, Managing
Director of Power Distribution Company of Mazandaran Province, was also
quoted as saying by the media.
the vast potentials of the province for harnessing green energy, he said
there are currently three active solar farms in Mazandaran, which number
needs to increase since the renovation of the region’s traditional power
grid is costly.
“Over 25% of
the provincial power grid are dilapidated, the reconditioning of which is
estimated to cost about 2.5 trillion rials ($59.5 million),” he said.
Shahabi put the number of the region’s subscribers at 1.35 million, adding
that Mazandaran’s average power consumption in summer is 2.5 times more than
that of other provinces.
$30 Million for Mazandaran Gas Expansion Scheme
trillion rials ($30 million) have been allocated to projects for supplying
natural gas to 500 villages in Mazandaran Province by the end of the current
fiscal year (March 2019), a deputy oil minister said.
projects are underway, upon the completion of which, the share of rural gas
consumers in Mazandaran will rise from 92.5% to 95%,” Mahmoud Astaneh was
also quoted as saying by Shana.
will cover at least 10,000 rural households.
the official, over 70,000 households in the green province have been
supplied with the fuel.
He added that
projects to connect 10 towns close to 2,000 villages across the country to
the national gas grid have been completed in the first half of the year
ending Sept. 22.
Fresh Impetus for Mazandaran Power Station
In line with
efforts to fast-track power plant construction projects, a 460-megawatt
power station in Mazandaran Province, Noshahr County, will become
operational soon, Managing Director of Mahtaab Caspian Electricity
Generation Company, the project financier, said.
long-awaited venture, which is aimed at meeting electricity demand,
especially in west of Mazandaran Province, and compensating the regional
network voltage drop, has registered a work-in-progress rate of 80% and its
gas unit will come on stream in early May,” Yaser Golzari was also quoted as
saying by IRNA.
the official, the combined-cycle plant includes both gas and steam turbines
with an efficiency of 33% and 59% respectively.
Mazandaran Province Attracts 105k Tourists in
105,000 foreign tourists visited Mazandaran Province during the first six
months of the current Iranian year that ended on Sept. 22.
of foreign tourists stayed in the western part of the province, especially
in Chalus, Kelardasht, Noshahr, Babolsar and Ramsar counties,” Mehran
Hassani, deputy head of Mazandaran Tourism Organization, told IRNA.
the official, most of the foreign tourists who visited Mazandaran came from
Persian Gulf countries, in addition to Iraqi tourists. He said the province
has the capacity to accept many more tourists.
Shiraz and Kerman provinces, which boast the most attractions, Mazandaran is
counted among the richest of Iran’s 31 provinces in this regard.
There are 700
registered historical sites in the province and its tourism infrastructures
include 202 hotels, hotel apartments and tourism complexes, 90 ecotourism
lodges and 802 homestays.
Exports Rise 10%
Close to 415
tons of non-oil goods worth more than $215 million were exported from the
northern Mazandaran Province during the first half of the current Iranian
year (March 21-Sept. 22), registering a 10% rise compared with the similar
period of last year.
were our main exported commodity accounting for around 17% and more than 50%
of the weight and value respectively of the province’s exports during the
period,” Amir Miran Amoli, the deputy head of the provincial Chamber of
Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, was also quoted as saying by
Turkey, Afghanistan, Italy, Bahrain, Pakistan, Ukraine and Central Asian
countries were Mazandaran’s main export destinations during the period.
exported close to $700 million worth of goods last year (March
Noshahr Exports 37,000 Flowers, Ornamental
Plants to Central Asia
Agriculture Jihad of Noshahr (in the Caspian) announced that 37,502 flowers
and ornamental plants during the first half of the current calendar year
(March-September 2018) were exported from the city to Central Asia.
stated that the approximate value of the export was 11 billion rials.
considering the presence of suitable platforms for flower exports to Central
Asia, the producers will hopefully increase production levels in the region.
harvesting and exporting ornamental plants and flowers in Noshahr start from
the beginning of spring and continue until early December.
Mazandaran Province, especially west of the
province with its two airports and port of Noshahr, has potential for easy
access to Central Asian countries for the export of agricultural products.
has the second place in production of ornamental trees and orchards, and
about 90% of the production of greenhouses and ornamental flowers are
produced in its western part.
official sources, annually, about 235 million flowers and ornamental plants
and 38 million shrubs worth approximately 2,000 billion rials are produced
in Mazandaran in different forms.
is the world’s 17th producer of flowers and plants, but ranks 107th
in export markets.
Establish House of Commerce in Volgograd
has been reached between head of Mazandaran Chamber of Commerce, Industries,
Mines and Agriculture and head of Volgograd Chamber of Commerce and Industry
to set up a house of commerce in the Russian region. The agreement was
reached during a meeting held upon the arrival of the Russian delegation in
Sari. The agreement is scheduled to be signed in August during the Volgograd
governor’s trip to Mazandaran.
Abdollah Mohajer, the head of Mazandaran CCIMA,
said boosting Mazandaran’s trade with Russia in line with tightening ties
between Tehran and Moscow is on the government’s agenda. The first Iranian
House of Commerce opened in Astrakhan Oblast in southern Russia in November
2017. The new institution is home to 14 CCIMAs from 14 Iranian
Noshahr Waste-to-Energy Plant near Completion
waste-to-energy plant is expected to come on stream in the city of Noshahr,
Mazandaran Province, in three months.
Province produces about 3,000 tons of trash per day, which doubles when the
influx of tourists to the province reaches its peak,” Mazandaran’s Governor
General Mohammad Eslami told ISNA.
hosts thousands of tourists from across the country, especially during the
summer and the Iranian New Year holidays, known as Norouz.
Eslami noted that waste processing plans are
underway in many provincial cities, including Sari and Tonekabon.
the official, Sari’s waste-to-energy plant will become operational by the
end of the current year (March 20, 2019).
generation is being increasingly considered a potential energy
Tehran-North Railroad Feasibility Project
Railroad feasibility project has gotten underway and is estimated to take at
least two years, Mazandaran governor general said.
“If the project
is approved by the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, the construction
of the railroad will commence in the fiscal 2020-21. The first section of
the Tehran-North Railroad will connect Alborz and Gilan provinces to
Mazandaran. The second phase will connect Bandar Anzali city in Gilan to
west Mazandaran and from there to Iran’s northeastern Golestan Province,”
Eslami was quoted as saying by IRNA.
added that the Roads Ministry is looking for local and foreign investors to
take on the project.
national project is completed, around 200,000 passengers are estimated to
travel via this route every day,” he said.
hosts more than 20 million tourists and passengers annually. Rail and air
transportation account for only 2 million of the total number of trips to
$2b in Chinese Finance for Oil Refinery Construction
investment firm is set to spend $2 billion on the construction of an oil
refinery in Mazandaran Province, deputy head of the province’s Investment
company has applied for the permits and all the administrative procedures
have been carried out,” Mousa Qasem-Pisheh was also quoted as saying by IRNA.
He did not specify the name of the Chinese firm.
“When the project goes on stream, the foreign investment volume in the
province will observe a sharp hike,” he added.
Iran plans to
raise its refining capacity to 3.2 million barrels daily by attracting
investments worth $14 billion in the next few years, most of which will be
provided by foreign financiers. Projects include establishing new facilities
and renovating dilapidated refineries.
Italian Firms Keep
Doing Business in Iran
investment companies remain active in Iran, despite the unilateral US
sanctions, says the head of Trade Promotion Section of the Italian Embassy
received a great number of requests from Italian companies to invest in Iran
and the embassy tries to facilitate them,” said Augusto Di Giacinto in a
meeting with the chairman of the chamber of commerce, Industries, Mines and
Agriculture and businessmen of Mazandaran Province.
official noted that small family-owned businesses constitute over 90% of
Italian production and industrial companies that can keep working in Iran
“We have proven
our goodwill and will continue to support Iran even in difficult economic
conditions,” he added.
He hoped that
banking transactions for Italian businessmen would be facilitated,
reiterating that both countries should lever up trade ties with capacities.
Di Giacinto was
accompanied by a group of Italian businessmen during his one-day visit to
Iran-Italy annual trade stands at around $5 billion.
Mazandaran: Iran’s Biggest Fish Farming Hub
With an annual
turnover of more than 6 trillion rials ($60 million), Mazandaran in northern
Iran is the country’s most active province in fish farming and accounts for
18% of Iran’s production, director general of Mazandaran Fisheries
3,400 fish farms in the province, which produced 75,000 tons of fish and
caviar in the last Iranian year (March 2017-18). We expect the figure to
rise to 80,000 tons this year (March 2018-19),” Valiollah Mohammadzadeh was
also quoted as saying by IRNA.
added that $9 million worth of fish and caviar were exported from the
province during the first five months of the current Iranian year (started
Afghanistan and Europe were the main export destinations.
that fish farming has created more than 6,500 direct and indirect jobs in
a roll on/roll off (ro-ro) facility in Amirabad Port in Mazandaran Province,
which will enable freight trains to dock near commercial ships for the
loading and unloading of goods, has had 98% progress and will come on stream
soon, director of Amirabad Special Economic Zone said.
Rezvani added that the port is already connected to the railroad network.
around 4.5 million tons of commodities are loaded and unloaded annually at
the port while its nominal annual throughput capacity stands at 7.5 million
tons,” he was quoted as saying by IRNA.
about 19.2 trillion rials ($457.14 million) have been invested in the port
so far by the public and private sectors.
Amirabad: Biggest Export Terminal in Northern Iran
114,670 tons of commodities have been exported from Amirabad Port since the
beginning of the current Iranian year (March 21), manager of the Ports and
Maritime Organization and the Special Economic Zone of Amirabad said.
said that with around 61% share, Amirabad was the biggest exporter from
among the country’s northern ports.
goods mainly included construction material, agricultural and livestock
products, household appliances, oil products, chemical pesticides,
fertilizers and machinery, which headed to the littoral states of Caspian
Sea,” he was quoted as saying.
tons of commodities have been imported into Amirabad Port over the same
period under review, showing an 86% hike year-on-year.
that close to 783,800 tons of goods have been loaded and unloaded in the
port during the period, registering a 67% upsurge compared with the
corresponding period of last year.
The Gate to
inspecting the various sections of Amirabad Special Economic Zone, governor
general of Mazandaran Province described the port as a national and
unparalleled capital in the province. He said Amirabad port plays a
significant role in the prosperity of the region’s production and
the port the gateway of north and south corridor and said: “Development of
the infrastructure of Amirabad port should be considered seriously in order
to provide a comprehensive boom for the sea route of Mazandaran.”
that the special economic zone with good offshore and rail connectivity has
a high capacity for economic exchanges.
Eslami considers seafaring a tourist
destination and noted that sea-oriented economy should be strengthened and
Amirabad port is ready to attract investment.
He said the 59
percent rise in loading and unloading capacity of the port this year was
promising, adding that given the potential of the current team there is room
for more improvement.
Operation of Central Alborz Coal Company
construction and equipment of the new Alborz coal dressing plant in
Mazandaran’s Zirab region cost 450 billion rials and the required equipment
of this industrial unit were supplied from UK, Italy, Australia, South
Africa and China.
Coal Company with an annual capacity of 500,000 tons of charcoal operates in
two shifts and its construction started in 2013/14 by observing
environmental standards and avoiding any pollution.
Projects Go on Stream in Presence of the President
Rouhani has inaugurated a total of 34 projects with a credit of 18,650
billion rials in the Caspian Sea province of Mazandaran. He also attended
ceremonies to launch nine more projects with a credit of more than 15,220
billion rials in the province. Implementation of these projects will create
jobs for more than 7,700 people in various industrial and manufacturing
Three Fold Increase in Export Capacity from Northern Ports!
Deputy Chief of Ports and Maritime Organization, commenting on the
importance of using the Caspian Sea capacity for export development, said:
“One of the drawbacks in executive agencies in using the capacities of the
Caspian Sea is that they pay little attention to the export potentials of
the neighboring countries and always seek exports to countries like Latin
America and Europe.”
has maritime and land borders with 15 neighbors and we can increase our
exports to these countries by activating our ports, particularly from our
northern ports,” he added.
official pointed out the importance of activating the North-South Corridor
in the development of exports, saying that Caspian countries are exporting
countries that can create an export line with our country in the fields of
agricultural products, mines, cement and some of Iran’s products. On the
other hand, Iran can be the best route for the Persian Gulf countries to
access these countries, so it can do a part of the transit of goods from the
Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf Coast.
that transit routes could be used for domestic goods, adding that the
commercial view of the Caspian states should be changed, and the export
focus should be from far-away countries such as Europe and East Asia to the
neighboring countries of the Caspian Sea.
He said: “I
believe that Iran would cover 30 percent of the total imports of the Caspian
He noted that
when Turkey and Russia faced challenges, Iran could replace Turkey’s fruit
exports to Russia and earn significant revenues.
Iran’s northern ports have the capacity of loading and unloading of some 30
million tons of goods, he announced, adding, “We only use about six million
tons of this capacity, 20% of which is export and 80% is import. The
Capacity can be tripled.”
Fereydounkenar Chicken Coop Inaugurated
produces 4,200,000 fertilized eggs in a time span of 180-days which are used
to produce broiler chickens.
implementation of the project began in 2012/13 in an area of
hectares with a credit of 80 billion rials.
Inauguration of Amirabad Berth,
operation of six docks in Amirabad Port in Mazandaran, the capacity of
loading and unloading of this port has increased from 4 million tons to 7.5
Also, with the
participation of the President, the country’s largest paper-making plant was
opened in Amirabad, cutting the country’s demand for this type of paper by
The paper plant
of the country generates about 155 to 160 thousand tons of writing and
printing paper. The construction of the plant has cost 1,550 billion rials.
Roads, Urban Projects worth 15 Trillion Rials Commissioned
Out of the
projects going on stream 9,850 billion rials go to Amirabad Port where the
most important projects inaugurated are six berths, loading and unloading
facilities, a paper mill and storehouse for wheat and vegetable oil.
commissioning of 75-km highway and three tunnels with a credit of 2,000
billion rials in Qaemshahr-Firoozkooh axis were the most important road
construction projects. These projects helped complete the construction of
four-lane road which can contribute greatly to reducing traffic accidents
and traffic flow in this area.
four tunnels and grade separation at Chalous axis were among other important
road construction projects. With these projects going on stream, a big blind
knot was removed from the Shomal (North) Freeway.
Also, the first
phase of development of Ramsar Airport in western Mazandaran was launched
with the credit of about 1,100 billion rials. Development of the airport
will prepare the ground for attracting domestic and foreign tourists.
of Sari ring road and Behshahr-Zaghmarz axis with a credit of about 1,000
billion rials is among other road construction projects inaugurated by
President Rouhani during his tour of Mazandaran Province.
Commissioning of Four Electric Projects
the President’s visit, at a ceremony attended by deputy minister of energy,
four electrical projects with an investment of 1,048 billion rials were put
into operation. Also construction operations of seven projects at a cost of
770 billion rials started in the provincial electric power industry.
A 400 kV
electricity station and a 10-kilometer feed line with an investment of 856
billion rials were put into operation in the capital of Mazandaran Province.
With the station entering the orbit with a capacity of 630 MW on Sari-Qaemshahr
axis, the voltage weakness in the power grids of the province will be
inaugurated by the President was the improvement of the 63 kV line with a
length of 160 km from Royan to Chaboksar in the west of Mazandaran, with an
investments of 72 billion rials.
Meantime, a 10
MW power plant with an investment of 120 billion rials started operation by
the private sector in Tonekabon.
construction of a thermal power plant in Noshahr and the launch of three
63/230 kV stations and a 63 kV cable line in the cities of Sari, Amol and
Tonekabon with an investment of 770 billion rials were among other projects
started during Rouhani’s visit.
operation of the largest terminal for export of sturgeon fish and fishery
products started in Chapkaroud coastal area in
concurrent with the President’s
tour of Mazandaran. The project needs an investment of 2,220 billion rials
338 kilometers of Caspian Sea coast, 756 waterfalls and 23 major rivers.
Last year more than 5,000 tons of aquatic species, including sturgeon worth
$24 million, were exported from the province. Therefore, processing and
packaging of fishery products is a basic need in the
Miankaleh Wetland, Biosphere Reserve Restoration Project
of Miankaleh International Wetland and biosphere reserve in eastern
Mazandaran province entered the implementation phase upon an order from the
President and in the presence of the head of Department of Environment
will become operational in the form of a five-year plan with a credit of
over 330 billion rials. Miankaleh is one of the 613 biosphere reserves in
the world, which in recent years had been affected by droughts and declining
atmospheric precipitation, dewatering and Caspian Sea water withdrawal but
was saved by the DOE and is at the stage of rehabilitation.
restoration of streams and water supply channels to Miankaleh International
Wetland and Gorgan Bay as one of the most important water supply channels in
this wetland is the first plan to revive this biosphere reserve in
International Wetland with an area of 68,000 hectares is located in eastern
Mazandaran, in the protected zone of
and the village of Zaghmarz at the Caspian Sea.
The pond which
is located in a peninsula region, due to its biodiversity, especially
foodstuff, is regarded one of the hotspots for more than 320 species of
migratory and native birds and 180 plant species.
Each year, 60
percent of the winter-passing birds in Mazandaran Province, including 850 to
900 thousand birds travel to this biosphere reserve and spend about five
months in the winter area.
Biosphere Reserve is located at the south-eastern part of the Caspian Sea.
Major habitats include wetlands, inter-tidal mud with sandy shore, shallow
marine waters, forested peat lands, raspberry shrub forests, tamarix forests
and agricultural areas.
Four Tourism & Recreational Complexes Launched
and recreational projects were inaugurated during the President’s tour, at a
cost of 1,430 billion rials in different parts of the province.
Pearl Recreational and Tourism Complex with a credit of 200 billion rials
and an area of 9,000 square meters and an infrastructure of more than 7,000
square meters in 2 floors including a hall, restaurant, sports complex,
coffee shop, pastry and commercial shop was built in three years and created
jobs for 90 people.
the multipurpose catering restaurant of Mehregan with a credit of 145
billion rials in Sari was another tourism project that became operational
with two meeting rooms, conference hall and convention hall. The project
created jobs for 60 people.
Mizban recreation and reception complex with 56 rooms and suites, sports
complex, shopping center, 1,000-person amphitheater, and 12 restaurants was
another project commissioned during the President’s visit to Mazandaran. The
project cost 860 billion rials and created jobs for 242 people.
and mobilization of the western wing of Parsian Khazar Hotel in Chalous
including 58 residential units and a restaurant on an area of 10,000 square
meters is also a project implemented at a cost of 225 billion rials over a
period of 2 years. The number of jobs created by this project is 140.
Rouhani also traveled to Mazandaran in October 2015/16 during which he
approved 46 construction and infrastructure projects worth 9,900 billion
under the two terms of Rouhani’s presidency so far, over 5,700 construction,
industrial and infrastructural projects with a cost of over 61 trillion
rials have been commissioned in Mazandaran and about 150,000 people have
been employed in this northern part of the country.