Demand for fuel soars in Iraq

Jul 08, 2004 02:00 AM

An official at the Iraqi Ministry of Oil has announced an increase of demand for fuel and other petroleum products in Iraq.
"The average of fuel consumption witnessed a big increase, for the consumption of benzene reached 20 mm litres a day and the consumption of the liquid gas reached 20 mm tons a day," the official was quoted as saying.

He added that the consumption is increasingly rising and that the ministry has started implementing a plan to contain the demand though building a strategic reserve of the petroleum products and expanding the operations of national production in addition to exporting from neighbouring countries.
The oil industry in Iraq, which owns the second largest oil reservoir in the world, is suffering many problems since the toppling of the former regime as a result of the military operations and the looting and robbery of the oil institutions. The oil institutions were also greatly affected by the almost daily sabotage by armed groups that are still unknown.

Source: Xinhua News Agency
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