Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
A scheme launched in 2005 to dispose of old and inefficient vehicles has contributed to the reduction of gasoline consumption in Iran by around 3.4 million liters per day, an official with the Fuel and Transportation Management Organization said.
Old cars on an expressway in Tehran (file photo)
Amir-Reza Rajabi told Mehr News Agency that some 1.15 million cars were scrapped between 2005 and an additional 200,000 were disposed of during this calendar year (started March 21, 2011).
Iran's gasoline consumption stood at around 18.2 billion liters in the first ten months of this calendar year, a 833 million liters drop on the same period last year, Shana news agency reported.
The average daily consumption of gasoline was around 57 million liters during the 10-month period, down 2.6 million liters on the year before, due to both the scrappage scheme and the subsidy reform plan.
The subsidy reform plan, launched in December 2010, allows the Iranian government to gradually slash subsidies on fuel, electricity, and certain goods over the course of five years, with low-income families being compensated with direct cash handouts
Alireza Zeighami, the managing director of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company, has said gasoline production will rise next year by 18 million liters, or about 118,000 barrels per day.
The increase in output is possible because of the completion of projects at seven refineries, he said.
Iran's current gasoline output is about 60 million liters a day, while domestic consumption is around 59 million liters.
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