Iranian auto-regime: motorists guzzling 3% less gas
The data released by the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) shows that during the week total gasoline consumption hit 427.2 million liters down by 13.1 million liters week on week.
Gasoil consumption also edged down. During the week which ended on June 29, total gasoil consumption reached 547 million liters down by 47.1 million liters, or 7.9 percent, week on week while average daily gasoil consumption stood at 78.1 million liters, the oil ministry's website, Shana, reported.
Iran has expanded its refining capacity during the last couple of years, while its gasoline consumption has come down considerably following the implementation of the first phase of cutting energy subsidies.
The country plans to increase gasoline and gasoil production capacity by 64 and 12 million liters per day by completion of 9 ongoing development plans at its oil refineries.
These 9 projects include gasoline making units at Abadan, Tabriz, Isfahan, Bandar Abbas, Tehran (Shahid Tondgouyan), Imam Khomeini (Shazand) plus development and upgrading plans at Persian Gulf Star and Lavan oil refineries.
Following the implementation of these projects, production of kerosene and jet fuel will rise each by 7.4 million liters and liquid petroleum gas by 7.4 million liters per day.
Earlier Managing-Director of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) Alireza Zeighami had said the country's refining projects would come on line by June 2013 at the latest.