Iran opens oil terminal in Gulf of Oman to bypass Strait of Hormuz
"This is a strategic move and an important step for Iran. It will secure the continuation of our oil exports," President Rouhani said in a televised speech. "This new crude export terminal shows the failure of Washington's sanctions on Iran."
Rouhani said Iran aimed to export 1 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil from Bandar-e Jask, a port on Iran’s Gulf of Oman coast, just south of the Strait of Hormuz, Reuters reported.
Iran has often threatened to block the Strait if its crude exports were shut down by US sanctions, reimposed by Washington three years ago when then President Donald Trump abandoned Tehran's nuclear deal.
Tehran and US President Joe Biden's administration have been in indirect talks in Vienna since early April to revive the deal, under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of most international sanctions.
"The implementation of the Goreh-Jask port crude oil transfer project took place with about $2 billion (€1.7 billion) investment," Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said, according to the ministry's SHANA website.
The Strait is a narrow channel at the mouth of the Gulf through which about a fifth of the world’s oil passes from Middle East producers to markets in Asia, Europe, North America and beyond.