|Iran says importing gasoline ‘economically justified’||
TEHRAN - National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company Managing Director Abbas Kazemi says importing gasoline is economically justified for the country.
In recent years, three petrochemical complexes were producing gasoline to meet the domestic need under the international sanctions imposed on the country’s oil sector, the Mehr news agency quoted Kazemi as saying on Sunday.
“The domestically produced gasoline was mixed with additives which were imported to improve the quality of fuel. That cost the Oil Ministry a lot. But, for the time being, importing premium gasoline is more economically justified.”
Iran will export 10 billion liters of diesel and fuel oil in the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, Kazemi further said.
He went on to say that the expansion of compressed natural gas (CNG) stations would be among solutions which help the nation manage gasoline consumption.
On May 11, Kazemi said that Iran has imported 5.5 million liters of gasoline per day on average since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year.
If the irregular consumption of gasoline continues in summer, the volume of imports may be further increased, the Tasnim News Agency quoted Kazemi as saying.
Iran’s daily gasoline imports stood at 3.5 million liters on average in the previous Iranian calendar year, Kazemi stated.
Iranian Oil Ministry has forecasted that Iran will import 10 million liters of gasoline per day in the current Iranian calendar year.
Last month, MP Mehdi Mousavinejad said that the Iranian administration’s decision to import gasoline is contrary to strategies of the resistance economy, which have been outlined by the Supreme Leader.
On May 13, an official with the National Iranian Gas Company said that 1,000 new CNG stations are projected to be established in the country. The project will contribute to reducing gasoline consumption by 20 million liters per day, the official added.
According to official statistics, a total of 2,186 CNG stations were operating by May 5 across the country.
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