Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 14
By Nigar Guliyeva - Trend:
Uzbekistan is facing shortage of gasoline, and currently vehicles can refuel only in Tashkent, but 70-100 km from the capital, there is no gasoline, Uzbek media reported referring to a source in Uzbekneftegaz.
The source noted that in some regions fuel stations receive fuel only twice a month, and naturally, these volumes are not enough for the local population.
The current situation affected the illegal gasoline market. Speculators, many of whom work on private gas stations, stand along the roadside and sell gasoline in large plastic bottles. The average cost is 60-90 percent higher than the price set by the state. For example, the most common AI-80 gasoline, which costs 2,800 soums at gas stations, speculators sell for 4000-5500 soums, depending on the region.
In Uzbekistan in 2010-2016, gasoline production decreased by 26.2%, diesel fuel - by 8.3%. At the same time, imports of hydrocarbons increased 1.3 times.
The government has previously decided to modernize existing oil refineries and build a new one in the Jizzakh region.
In addition, agreements were concluded on pumping Russian oil through Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan.
The official exchange rate for November 14 is 8,067.6 UZS / USD.