The Herat provincial government media office said in a statement that the construction work of a petroleum refinery is underway and will be inaugurated in the near future.
The refinery is one of the major and well equipped refineries in this province and is being built by private sector with a total investment of up to 15 million US Dollars, according to statement.
The statement added that the refinery would respond to the majority of petroleum requirements of Herat province once the construction work is completed.
Hopefully the petroleum imports would drop considerably with the formal inauguration of the refinery, said Deputy acting provincial governor Mohiuddin Noori.
Most advanced equipment and machinery have been imported from well known factories, according to the officials of the refinery.
The refinery is currently producing 450 tons of fuel on daily basis, they added.
Up to 80 workers have been employed in the refinery currently which would increase to 300 people in the near future, the officials further added.