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Kurdistan

Region starved for gas as demand out-guzzles supply

By Rudaw 6/7/2015
Civilians put the blame on the owners of the local gas stations. Photo by deviewnigeria
Civilians put the blame on the owners of the local gas stations. Photo by deviewnigeria
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The combined output of the two oil refineries in the Kurdistan region is not quenching the increasing public demand, with the region falling short an estimated 2 million liters each day. 

According to regional government figures, the Kalak refinery in Erbil and Bazyan refinery in Sulaimani produces 3 million liters of gas. In 2014, however, the demand for gas in the Kurdistan region was 5 million liters per day, and this demand is expected to be even higher this year.

The General Directorate of Transportation reports there are more than 1.3 million vehicles in the Kurdistan region. If each vehicle consumes five liters of gas daily, then Kurdistan Region will need 5.3 million liters of benzene and gasoline every day.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, the government pays $0.17 (200 Iraqi Dinar) for each imported liter of gas and sells it back to the local consumers at $0.60 per liter. The region must import gas to meet the shortfall in production. 

Regarding citizens' complaints about the bad quality of the available gas, the natural resource ministry put the blame on the owners of the local gas stations.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, there are 871 gas stations in Kurdistan Region including 324 located in Erbil. The ministry said 142 gas stations receive 2.25 million liters of gas each day from government-owned refineries.

Each gas station receives more than 15,000 liters of gas from the government every day, according to the ministry, while the remaining 543 import their needs from outside.

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