Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sacked Iran minister warns of energy 'catastrophe'

Iran's sacked oil minister has issued a parting warning to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, predicting a looming 'catastrophe' in the Iranian energy sector because of high consumption, media reported Sunday.

'If we do not find a solution to the energy problem in the next 15 years, the country will face a catastrophe,' Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh was quoted as saying at his farewell ceremony late on Saturday by the ISNA student news agency.

'I am ready to prove that if the fuel situation continues along current trends we will face an energy crisis in the future,' he said. 'The current pattern of consumption is a disaster for the country.'

..."It seems that, for at least the next 10 years, there will not be any extra gas for export. Iran is advised to remove gas export from the country's policy due to the limited production capacity," it said.
From AFP via Middle East Times