Oil Report

UPDATE 1-Iran appoints new deputy oil minister

(Adds details of other new ministry appointment)

TEHRAN, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Iran appointed a new deputy oil minister for international affairs, Hossein Noghrehkar-Shirazi, whose work will include liaising with foreign firms and governments, the Oil Ministry said.

The appointment on Monday was announced in a decree issued by the caretaker oil minister, Gholamhossein Nozari, the ministry’s news Web site SHANA reported. Noghrehkar-Shirazi replaces Mohammad Hadi Nejad Hosseinian, who retired last year.

His role as deputy minister will include liaising with foreign firms and countries seeking to invest or reach international energy deals with Iran’s Oil Ministry.

Noghrehkar-Shirazi, who has studied in the United States, was previously a diplomat in Austria and other European countries and worked in the Commerce Ministry, SHANA said.

He has been a provincial governor and head of the board of directors of an oil industry support company, SHANA added.

Iran’s official IRNA news agency said Noghrehkar-Shirazi had also been a senior adviser to the managing director of state-owned National Iranian Oil Company.

In another decree on SHANA, Akbar Torkan was appointed deputy oil minister in planning affairs. Torkan’s post as managing director of Pars Oil and Gas Company will be filled by Ali Vakili, previously head of an oil industry research centre.