Expert: Decrease in petrol imports to Georgia explained by poor demand
Georgia, Tbilisi, September 13 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
The decrease in petrol imports to Georgia is explained by a reduction in demand, the chairman of the union of manufacturers and importers of oil products, Vano Mtvralashvili, said.
He said that reduction in demand for petrol has been caused by the fact that a significant number of vehicles have been converted to run on liquefied gas because it is cheaper than petrol.
"The cheapest petrol costs 1.80 lari but refilling by the same amount of gas costs 1.20 lari," Mtvralashvili said.
According to statistics, roughly 479,800 tons of fuel were imported in the first eight months of 2010 to Georgia comprising 227.900 tons of petrol and 251,900 tons of diesel. The figure for the same period of last year was 522,600 tons comprising 290,830 tons of petrol and 231,760 tons of diesel.