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Iran's gasoline consumption down 20 million liters per day with rationing: Oil Minister

Shahr-e-Rey, Tehran Prov, July 10, IRNA - Iran's Oil Minister said on Monday average decrease in gasoline consumption has been 20 million liters per day since rationing took effect.

Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh made the comment in an exclusive interview with IRNA Economy Desk reporter during the opening ceremony of a 25 mega watt gas turbine assembly factory at Shahr-e-Rey Township's Shamsabad Industrial Town.

He added, "During the past two weeks gas consumption has been between 53 to 62 million liter per day."

The Oil Minister reiterated, "After implementing this project it was expected that fuel consumption would increase, but that did not happen."

Vaziri Hamaneh added, "Some analysts believed if the government would not announce presentation of gasoline outside rationing at a higher rate the people would face problems, but now we notice that it is not so."

He reiterated, "If the people would use the fuel they need to consume under a proper management, there would be no problem in presentation of this oil product."

Vaziri-Hamaneh said, "Presently we have high gasoline reserves and it is presented properly at gas stations."

He added, "Within the next few days the permitted usage period for gas usage through rationing cards would be increased from four to six months."

The Oil Minister ruled out the possibility of announcing two rates for gasoline, arguing, "No decision has been adopted on the matter so far."

He added, "The gas ration allocated to public uses is quite sufficient and the rations for those groups that earn their living through gas is still under survey."

Vaziri-Hamaneh said, "We are also surveying the appropriate volume of gas to be allocated to industrial units according to their requests, and the entire rations for service and public consumer groups would be finalized within the next few days."

The 25 MW Turbo Compressor & 25 MW Gas Turbine Factory Complex at Shahr-e-Ray's Shams Abad Industrial Township began production after going through its test phase, and its opening ceremony.

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