Iran’s crude oil exports have hit 1.2 million barrels per day, almost doubling from eight months ago when the country elected a new president, a top government official said Friday.

Mansour Moazami, who holds the planning brief among the Islamic republic’s five deputy oil ministers, said the numbers were 20 percent above forecasts and they would rise further.

“When the government took office, exports were around 700,000 barrels per day,” Moazimi was cited as saying by Mehr, a semi-official government news agency.

He said the updated figure of 1.2 million was supplemented by 200,000 barrels per day of derivative gas products from crude.

“Our oil exports are now 20 percent higher than in the budget numbers and we believe that in the current Iranian year they will increase further,” Moazimi added.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a reputed moderate who succeeded hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was elected in June, taking office in August.