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Iran to temporarily import petrol

Source: Moj News

The Islamic Republic of Iran will temporarily import petrol to meet its daily consumption needs, a top MP said on Monday. The Iranian Oil Ministry has decided to import petrol said Nasser Soudani, deputy chairman of parliament's energy commission.

"The domestically produced petrol due to its low octane lacks a desirable quality and has to be mixed" with imported fuel with a better quality, Soudani added.

The decision would also allow the government to meet daily petrol needs, following a decrease in output that he blamed on a May 23 blast at the southern Abadan refinery.

He insisted the imports would "definitely be temporarily" and likely to come to an end by the end of the Iranian year, by March 2012.

In September 2010, Iran's then oil minister Masoud Mirkazemi had announced self-sufficiency in producing petrol with daily production of 66.5 million liters.
The Islamic republic's daily petrol consumption currently stands at 54.8 million liters.

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