"These days Iranian experts do designing, engineering, construction and installation of offshore structures and the country has reached self sufficiency in this area," the minister to the Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Company (IOEC) directors, staff and personnel in a meeting held to mark the Week of Sacred Defense - marking the Iranian people's sacrifices in defending the country against Iraq's invasion from 1980 to 1988.
"In the past, we witnessed resistance of brave people who fought for Islam and these days we are witnessing development and prosperity in our country, which is the result of the relentless efforts of strong men," he said.
Commending IOEC's staff for their great job, Qassemi said, "With the help of domestic manufacturers, now we are self-sufficient in meeting our needs to equipments, vessels, large offshore cranes as well as transport and installation machines."
"Construction of offshore structures needs sophisticated skills and with regard to domestic companies' capabilities, we will be able not only to meet our domestic needs but also take part in projects abroad," the official noted.
Referring to the acceleration of oil industry projects, Qassemi said, "25 offshore platforms are under construction in the country of which ten are being constructed by IOEC, which upon completion will make production of a greater volume of gas and gas condensate possible."
He said 4 thousand people work at Khoramshahr Fabrication Yard, adding by considering those other factories and units involving in indirect activities the number of employees hits 10 thousand.
To conclude his remarks, the minister hoped that a main part of South Pars gas field phases 12, 15, 16, 17 and 18 would be complete by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2013) and those phases which are of high priority would come into operation by the same date.