Iran: Fuels: Diesel and Gasoline

Overview

Iran began the production of Euro 4 gasoline in 2012 and began distributing Euro 4 gasoline in certain cities in 2013. This is projected to have a major impact on emissions, as will the push for Euro 5 distribution that has been a declared goal of the Oil Ministry.

Standard type
Fuel quality

Regulating Body
Ministry of Oil (وزارت نفت)

Categories

Iran Fuels

History

In January 2012, the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) announced that it would begin production of Euro 4-compatible fuel beginning in the middle of the country’s next calendar year. Iran’s 2012 calendar year began 21 March 2012.

By June 2013, Iran began distributing Euro 4 premium gasoline in a number of cities, according to Iran’s Deputy Oil Minister Alireza Zeighami. The cities include Tehran, Karaj, Ahwaz, and Arak.

Iranian authorities cited several reasons for the shift to Euro 4 production:

  • The move to Euro 4 would cut exhaust emissions dramatically. The Director of Iran’s Environment Organization, Mohammead-Javad Mohammadizadeh, said in a January 2012 interview with Tehran Times that the change is expected to result in just 7.2 g/km of exhaust emissions compared to the current 50 g/km.
  • The country is moving from a past of dependence on fuel imports towards exporting fuels, as it recently became self-sufficient in terms of production. The country wants to increase its production to Euro 4 and Euro 5 standards in order to export gasoline to neighboring countries, according to Iran’s former Oil Minister Massoud Mir-Kazzemi.

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