Iran plans to decrease gasoline consumption by 20 million liters
Tehran, Iran, May 14
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iran plans to cut down the consumption of gasoline in the country by 20 million liters.
Iran's oil ministry plans to construct 1,000 new CNG stations across the country, which, once the stations come on stream, will help to reduce the consumption of gasoline, Iran's IRIB News Agency reported on May 14.
Currently 2,175 CNG stations are operational across the country.
Iran's gas consumption stands at 600 million cubic meters per day, while Tehran's gasoline consumption is around 65 million liters per day.
The country currently imports 5.5 million liters of gasoline per day.
Managing director of National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC), Abbas Kazemi, said on May 11 that the average figure was around 3.5 million liters the previous year, Iran's Tasnim News Agency reported.
"If the country's consumption rises, we need to import more gasoline," he said.
Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said that once Persian Gulf Start refinery's gasoline production unit comes on stream, the country no longer needs to import gasoline, Iran's IRNA News Agency reported on May 6.
The facility will come on stream next Iranian calendar year (to start on March 21, 2015).
Kazemi previously said that Iran's gasoline reserves currently stand at over 2 billion liters.