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Petrol rationing has been in place since 2007, but the previous government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proved unable to deliver on commitments either to phase out subsidies or develop Iran's own capacity for refining gasoline.Back in 2007, Iran was importing, at an annual cost of $7 billion, 40 percent of the daily 75 million liters of gasoline being consumed. These imports, officials say, have reached 5.5 million liters a day, after averaging 3.5 million in the Iranian year ending March 2014, and will reach 10 million liters this Iranian year (March 2014-March 2015) in order to make up for the lost production of petrochemical plants – put at 6.2 million in 2013-2014 . With Iran's refineries producing 60 million liters a day, according to officials, this all suggests consumption is still increasing, although that may be moderated by April's 42 percent price rise.The government insists the increase in imports will be temporary.
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