[size=52]Parliamentary Oil recognizes a “gasoline crisis” and the ministry is mobilizing its energies[/size]
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The Oil, Gas and Natural Resources Committee in the House of Representatives acknowledged the existence of a “gasoline crisis” as a result of the increase in demand and the small number of stations and local production, while the Ministry of Oil mobilized all its energies and inspection teams to follow up and monitor the operations of transporting and supplying fuel to the stations and obligated them to continue working 24 hours a day to prepare vehicles, which Contributes to alleviating the crisis.
Although the concerned authorities in the Ministry of Oil have repeatedly reduced the severity of the gasoline crisis, the scene of vehicle queues still exists in front of filling stations in Baghdad and a number of provinces, while in Kurdistan, the crisis is greater.
A member of the Parliamentary Oil Committee, Sabah Sobhi, told Al-Sabah: “The increase in demand for gasoline in recent times is the most important cause of the crisis, with the lack of sufficient filling stations in all governorates,” adding that “there is a significant increase in the number of vehicles, in addition to crises.” It was fabricated by some owners of private stations.”
He explained that "the country suffers in general from a shortage of oil products as a result of the insufficient production of refineries, so it is resorted to importing large quantities of them with amounts that burden the state, in the absence of a budget law."
He pointed out that "the presence of queues of vehicles at petrol stations is a reality, and the Ministry of Oil should not cover up this, but rather it should stand on the causes of the crisis and find solutions for it." Sobhi expected that "the gasoline crisis will be resolved in the coming days, as there are discussions and discussions with The Ministry of Oil in this regard.”
On the other hand, a source in the Ministry of Oil told Al-Sabah that “the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil for Liquidation and Distribution Affairs, Hamed Younis, directed all inspection committees to follow up and monitor the operations of transporting and supplying fuel to stations after receiving many complaints about the gasoline crisis.”
The source added that “Younes, during an inspection tour, obliged the government and private stations to continue their work for 24 hours a day to prepare the vehicles, which will contribute to alleviating the crisis,” and pointed out that the agent confirmed that “gasoline is available in both its regular and improved types, with storage that covers the local need.”
The supplied quantities of fuel, according to Hussein Taleb, director of the Petroleum Products Distribution Company, “are up to 31 million liters, 16 million of which are imported in hard currency to meet the need, while the remaining amount is produced from local refineries.”
The situation of providing gasoline began to be confused months ago, after the Ministry of Oil imposed restrictions on its supply to private stations, in light of information indicating the smuggling of quantities of it to the Kurdistan region due to the price difference, which has also witnessed since a period of severe crisis, not limited to it, but also swept the provinces close to it.
In Kurdistan, a member of the Natural Resources Committee in the region’s parliament, Rebwar Babki, told Al-Sabah: “The region has adopted a new policy to support gasoline prices and cordon off the crisis, which includes supplying more than 1.5 million liters to the markets to lower its prices, in addition to reducing import fees.” And give way to those wishing to import this material.”
He pointed out that "taxes on importing gasoline can be permanently raised or reduced by a large percentage, to enable traders to import the required quantities into Kurdistan at reasonable prices."
And he indicated that "the situation has begun to improve gradually by reducing the intensity of the queues for refueling," stressing that "these steps will continue until the crisis is completely eliminated."
For some time, the cities of the Kurdistan region have witnessed an unprecedented rise in gasoline prices, reaching 1500 dinars per liter of the super type, and at a lower price for the rest of the types.
Editing: Ali Mowaffaq
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