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Iran attains 'gasoline self-sufficiency'

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Iran has achieved self-sufficiency in gasoline production, Oil Minister Masoud Mirkazemi said on Wednesday.

Iran has achieved self-sufficiency in gasoline production, Oil Minister Masoud Mirkazemi said on Wednesday.

The country has raised gasoline production to 66.5 million liters a day, the ISNA news agency reported.

Iran started gasoline production 10 months ago.

It previously said 6.6 million liters of gasoline a day will be produced at the Borzouyeh petrochemical plant, 2.65 million liters at the Bou Ali petrochemical complex and 3.4 million liters at the Bandar Imam plant.

In January, Iran announced plans to build seven oil refineries in a bid to reduce exposure to foreign suppliers and meet domestic demand.

Iran has been sending its oil to southern Gulf countries to be refined and then re-imported, significantly raising gasoline prices.

MOSCOW, September 8 (RIA Novosti) 

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