Iran imports 6.5M liters of gasoline on average per day
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 31
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran is currently importing 6.5 million liters of gasoline on average per day.
Shahrokh Khosravani, deputy director of National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC), said some 64 million liters of gasoline is being produced per day in the country's refineries and is supplied to the domestic market, IRIB reported on August 31.
He rejected reports that on August 28 as much as 39 million liters of gasoline were imported into the country, saying that gasoline is carried on ships with 38-45 million liters capacity.
However, just 6.5 million liters of gasoline is imported to the country on average per day, he noted.
Gasoline consumption amounted to 71.4 million liters on average per day in spring, compared to 69.4 million liters in spring 2014.
The Islamic Republic only imports Euro-4 gasoline currently.
Gasoline consumption in the past Iranian fiscal year, which ended on March 20, 2015, rose by 1.8 percent compared to its preceding year, while production fell by 4 percent year on year.
Iran used to import 40 percent of its needed gasoline by 2009. But the international sanctions forced it to produce gasoline domestically by adding lead or some poisonous chemical catalysts to the product.
The administration of President Hassan Rouhani ordered to stop the distribution of substandard gasoline.
Edited by CN