Some 30% of gasoline in Iran’s market meets euro-4 standards
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 14
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Some 30 percent of gasoline which is sold in Iran's market meets euro-4 standards, said Naser Sajjadi, managing director of National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company.
Sajjadi said 18-20 million liters of euro-4 gasoline is being supplied to the market per day, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on Feb. 14.
Currently, euro-4 gasoline is being supplied to four cities of Tehran, Isfahan, Arak, and Karaj, he said, adding that euro-4 gasoline will be supplied to eight big cities by the end of the current Iranian fiscal year (March 20).
Euro-4 is a globally-accepted European emission standard for the production of vehicle fuel with significantly low amounts of sulfur.
Iran used to import 40 percent of its needed gasoline by 2009. But, the international sanctions forced it to produce gasoline domestically through adding lead or some poisonous chemical catalysts such as MTBE to the product. MTBE is a highly poisonous substance which causes cancer. It is banned worldwide to be used for gasoline production.
The administration of President Hassan Rouhani ordered to stop the distribution of substandard gasoline. Rouhani has said that the situation has improved in large cities which are being supplied with euro-4 gasoline.