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Tehran passed an anti-pollution law on 20 April giving National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) three months to stop adding chemicals including ether and benzene to gasoline. State-owned National Petrochemical Company (NPC) has said it supplies NIORDC with 50,000-63,000 b/d of gasoline from its petrochemicals plants, as well as 44,000-56,600 b/d of chemicals for use as octane boosters. Iran first admitted using gasoline additives in 2010, as the previous government sought to make up for import volumes lost because of international sanctions (MEES, 28 February).
GASOLINE IMPORT BOOST
NIORDC managing director Abbas Kazemi says the company plans to import an additional 63,000 b/d of gasoline as part of its plan to reduce air pollution in major cities. He says Iran currently imports 22,000 b/d of gasoline and that imports will rise to 41,000 b/d in the near future. However, he adds that “by the end of the next Iranian calendar year [ie in late March 2016] and through the launching of the various phases of the Persian Gulf Star refinery, Iran will no longer need gasoline imports.” NIORDC has restarted work on the three-phase condensate refinery, which will deliver 220,000 b/d of gasoline when completed (MEES, 30 August 2013). (CONTINUED - 256 WORDS)