These from our friends in Iran. The sanctions are causing a lot of pain and anguish for the mullahs.
Tehran, July 26, 2010. The Republic of Azerbaijan and Turkey have singed a contract for gas exchanged bringing under question the contract between Azerbaijan and the clerical regime known as ‘Swap’. According to Swap Republic of Azerbaijan wanted to transfer natural gas through Iran to Nakhjavan Republic its independent state. By the new contract between Azerbaijan and Turkey about 200 km of gas pipes will be constructed in Turkey which will bring the transfer of natural gas through Iran under question.
Tehran, July 26, 2010. Asalouyeh is the main vein of Iran’s future economy. Gas pipe lines transfer gas from south to domestic factories but the project is facing problems. Formerly about 100000 workers were at work in this gas and oil field but right now only 16000 workers are there, which is a sign that the development and future of this field is under question. With the sanctions that also target foreign companies if they invest in Iran’s oil and gas industry the regime is helpless in this project.
Recently the project has been put in the hands of the enterprises affiliated with regime and its 21 billion dollar expenses must be provided by the oil income, Iranian banks or by the bonds that the regime intends to print. Even if the money is solved there would still be problem with the technology needed for the job. Khatam- Al Anbia Base of IRGC that has singed the contract for the developing project has been put in the list of sanctions and had to leave both the project and billions of dollars.
Tehran, July 26, 2010. In its report OPEC has announced that the oil production of Iran has reduced 10.3 thousands barrels per day in the month of Khordad (May 22- June 21) and has reached 3.738 million barrels per day. This decrease in production is accompanied with a decrease of 2.26 dollars for each barrel of crude oil. Islamic Republic daily quoted Fars News agency affiliated with IRGC on July 22 that the daily production of oil which has been more than 4,106,000 barrels per day in 2005-2006 has reached 3,549,000 during the third quarter of 1388 (2009-2010). The agency also reported that regime’s export of oil has reduced from 2,691,000 barrels in 2005 to 1,984,000 barrels during the third quarter of 1388.
Tehran, July 24, 2010. Tehran’s Plastic Production Factory one of the largest factories in production of plastic material is closed for two weeks because of cut of electricity. The government has ordered them to close the factory and it will be closed for at least another two weeks. Out of work hours jobs at the factory stopped two months ago because of the electricity problem and now the factory is closed. This has raised a great discontent amongst the workers of the factory.
Tehran, July 24, 2010. Workers of Shahrak Sanati Factory in Abbas Abad of Tehran say that most of the factories of this complex are closed because the factories are not able to pay back their loans or they have financial problems. Only a few of them are running. These too are facing problems in electricity and water.
Tehran, July 24, 2010. Hakim factory has had no production for two weeks due to cut of electricity and is closed. There is no out of work hours jobs either and the status of the workers of this factory is not clear which has made them worry and discontent.
Tehran, July 26, 2010. After the recent sanctions one of the systems that is facing problems is fire extinguishing system. It is facing problems in providing spare parts for automatic security fire extinguishing systems. These parts were provided formerly from England but the import of these parts has stopped and their price in black market is ten times.
Tehran, July 26, 2010. Currently because the ministry of power has no budget to pay its debts to the production factories of spare parts for country’s power system, these factories are facing increasing financial problems. As the government pays no money to these factories they had to borrow money from banks which they are not able to pay back. Most of these kinds of factories are facing this crisis and because of this, two managers of these factories had committed suicide. Some other managers who were not able to pay back their loans are banned from going out of the country.
Tehran, July 26, 2010. Most of the medicine producing factories provided their raw material from European factories but after the sanctions they had to import these materials from China and India. After the recent sanctions on bank exchanges these factories are facing problems in the import from these countries too. One of the managers of these factories said: we don’t know what our situation would be the next day and the effects of sanctions will be obvious in our factory soon.
Tehran, July 26, 2010. Workers of industrial factories in east of Tehran say that they do not have electricity about 4 to 5 hours per day. This cut is at the active working hours of the factories and has caused lots of damages and protests. The government has announced that this problem will exist until the end of Ramadan.
Tehran, July 28, 2010. As the lines for gasoline get more crowded each day, black market for gasoline has come to existence. Some sell free gasoline around the gas stations on price of 500 tomans and lots of people pay the price so that they won’t need to stay in lines. One of the buyers: “I am really sorry that the government cannot even control the daily price of gasoline and cannot provide it. It is because of that, that gasoline is sold as such and pressure increases on people.”