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Iran mulls ending gasoline rationing

Press TV - Iran's deputy oil minister says the government plans to end the gasoline rationing scheme by end of the next Iranian year, March 2009.

Probably by end of the next Iranian year (March 2009), fuel rationing will end, Mohammad-Reza Nematzadeh said, adding, "We are trying to control consumption on the one hand and increase production on the other."

The rationing scheme, which has been implemented since June by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government, aims to slash lavish fuel consumption in the country where the price of every liter of gasoline is less than a bottle of water.

"In the past six months, since implementation of the rationing scheme, an average of 24 million liters of gasoline per day has been saved," the official told reporters on the sidelines of an international oil and gas conference in Tehran.

Iran is developing its refineries' facilities, trying to boost production of vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and launch more CNG stations, he stated, spotting the governments' efforts to reduce consumption.

Nematzadeh's remarks follow after Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari announced that the gasoline quota for each motorist will increase from 100 to 120 liters per month starting December 22.

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