BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 4
By Elnur Baghishov - Trend
Gasoline consumption in Iran has declined due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, said Director of Planning National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) Shahram Rezaei, Trend reports citing NIOPDC.
According to Rezaei, at present, the daily consumption of gasoline in Iran is 70 million liters.
Rezaei added that last month, the figure was between 85-86 million liters a day.
On March 2, the company official said that the daily consumption of gasoline in Iran was 75-76 million liters.
The director of company said that the country consumed 95-96 million liters of gasoline per day before gasoline prices were rising in Iran.
Rezaei added that the consumption would increase after the coronavirus issue is resolved.
Iranian National Petroleum Distribution Company has banned the refueling of citizens' cars by themselves at gas stations; the refueling can be done by the operator only.
On November 15, 2019, the price of gasoline in Iran rose from 10 thousand rials (about 23 cents) to 15,000 rials (about 35 cents) and to 30,000 rials (about 71 cents) in the market.
As a result of the spread of new coronavirus in Iran, 2,336 people have been infected so far and 77 have died, according to the latest reports.