Saudi Arabia will introduce unleaded petrol from January 2001 in an effort to reduce pollution, Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi said Monday.
"We have adopted this decision to reduce air pollution levels and to support international efforts aimed at protecting the environment," Nuaimi said, quoted by the official SPA news agency.
The refineries of Saudi oil company Aramco in Riyadh, Jeddah, Yanbu and Ras al-Tannurah will start distributing unleaded petrol to be served in its service stations from January with the intention of replacing leaded petrol by the end of 2001, Nuaimi said.
Saudi Arabia, which with 261 billion barrels of oil boasts 25.5 percent of the world's total oil resources, doubled petrol prices in May 1999 to 24 cents a litre.—AFP.
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