Petroleum Minister Underlines Fuel Consumption Optimization

TEHRAN – Iranian Minister of Petroleum Seyed Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh explored the ways to promote the culture of fuel consumption optimization here Tuesday.

He discussed the issue in his meeting with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Seyed Ezzatollah Zarghami.

Vaziri-Hamaneh offered a report on the latest developments and achievements of domestic oil and gas industries and elaborated on some challenges facing the energy production and consumption.

He referred to excessive consumption of oil products and energy as one of the main obstacles in the way of development, calling for a national will to solve the predicament.

The minister also pointed to the widening gap between domestic production and consumption, warning that the total output of the country would not meet the home need if the growing trend continued.

Shifting to the achievements, he said the oil, gas, and petrochemical sectors managed to sign contracts worth over 7 billion dollars in the past Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2006 to March 20, 2007).

The top official said the petrochemical output would increase by 13 million tons by next March, adding the refineries’ capacities would grow and the construction operations of three refineries had started.

He called on the state TV to promote the culture of fuel consumption optimization.

Zarghami, for his part, said the oil industry was playing an important role in the national development plan, voicing the IRIB’s preparedness to help achieve the objectives targeted by the industry.


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