Ban on Gasoline Import From Northern Iran

Ban on Gasoline Import From Northern IranBan on Gasoline Import From Northern Iran

Importing gasoline from the northern part of the country has been banned, as imports have failed to meet the minimum octane ratings, the head of Iranian National Standard Organization said.

Nayyereh Pirouzbakht made the statement in a press conference held in Teheran on Wednesday on the occasion of "National Quality Day", ILNA reported.

"INSO has processed and conducted quality control tests on 66 gasoline cargoes imported from the north and south of the country since 1987, out of which only three shipments, imported from Hormozgan Province in the south, were not within octane rating limits," she said.

"The octane number in the gasoline stood at 95 whereas it should have been between 95 and 98."

According to the official, gasoline from the northern part of the country did not meet even the minimum required standards, which explain why INSO, in collaboration with the Oil Ministry, placed a ban on its import from the north and for the time being it is just imported from the southern part of Iran.

"Because gasoline is a strategic commodity, NSO and oil ministries have taken appropriate measures so that high quality gasoline is distributed all over the country," she added.

Underscoring that the distributed gasoline in eight metropolises, including Shiraz, Mashhad, Qom and Tabriz, has been tested and its standard has been acceptable, Pirouzbakht said, "Plans have been made to address air pollution in Tehran and reduce high amounts of sulfur in Euro-4 gasoline distributed in this city. Moreover, Shazand Refinery, which had stopped its production due to manufacturing low quality gasoline, started its Euro 4 gasoline as of August."

Octane rating or octane number is a standard measure of the performance of an engine or aviation fuel.