Iran: Gasoline consumption surges

Financial Tribune – Demand for gasoline soared by 114% in the past few days as the government started easing coronavirus lockdowns, head of Iran Gas Station Owners Union said.

“Demand, which had plummeted (between March 15 and April 15) to less than 35 million liters/day due to the virus, has now reached 75 ml/d, the same volume used before the virus struck,” Homayoun Salehi was quoted as saying by ILNA.

Consumption is expected to rise further as the government suspended decades-old special traffic regulations in big cities like Tehran to encourage people to avoid public transport in which social distancing is not possible, he added.

Low-risk businesses in Iran reopened on April 12. A week later, the ban on intercity travel placed to curb coronavirus transmission was lifted and this too increased fuel consumption nationwide.