TEHRAN (NIORDC) __ A look at the record of the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum in the last 100 days shows that the 13th administration has not only taken effective measures to circumvent sanctions and export oil, provide winter fuel, etc., but also has successfully handled the great challenge of cyber-attack on the smart fuel system without incurring the least social or political costs.
According to IRNA, 100 days have passed since the establishment of the 13th administration, and during this period, members of the cabinet have tried to improve the economic situation. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Petroleum, despite facing various challenges, has made great strides in practice.
A look at the performance of the Ministry shows that there is a serious determination to improve the situation to the extent that in 100 days, in addition to the implementation of the planned programs, major challenges such as disruption of the gasoline system are well managed.
Perhaps the most important achievement of the Ministry has been thwarting the gasoline conspiracy, which was carried out without any social or political costs.
The cyber-attack on the smart fuel system was thwarted in eight days as the attackers tried to take political advantage of the issue in light of past events, but failed because of a 40,000-strong operation in eight days.
At noon on Tuesday (October 26), people who went to the country"s gas stations returned empty-handed. The gas stations had failed, and as it turned out hours later, a cyberattack on the smart fuel system was the cause of the disruption.
An attack that was large-scale and even challenged the supply of free-priced gasoline. Of course, with the dispatch of technical experts across the country, on Tuesday evening, the supply of gasoline at a free price began at some gas stations.
In less than 12 hours, a solution to reconnect the pumps to the smart fuel system was proposed by oil industry experts, and with its success, the connection to the smart fuel system was also put on the agenda.
The malfunction of the smart fuel system, although caused by a cyberattack, also fueled rumors of rising gasoline prices. The rumor spread quickly in cyberspace, but the Minister immediately denied it, saying that the gasoline quotas remained intact on the fuel cards and that the increase in gasoline prices was not true.
The timely acceptance of the truth by the Ministry of Petroleum, along with accurate information as well as timely apologies, along with efforts to allocate a compensatory gasoline quota, helped maintain calm in the country.
Iranian Minister of Petroleum Javad Owji also announced the allocation of compensatory gasoline quotas, and emphasized: "This quota will be charged on fuel cards."
A few days after the disruption of the intelligent fuel system, Ministry of Petroleum announced that to compensate for this disruption, the personal vehicles" quota, which is a normal quota of 60 liters per month, will be increased to 70 liters. There are 5.6 million active cards for motorcycles, the quota of which increases from 25 liters to 30 liters, and the total compensation quota is 258 million liters.
The important point in managing the gasoline conspiracy in the country was the presence of all the executive agents to solve the problem. So much so that one day after the disruption, the president inadvertently visited some gas stations.
Following the follow-up of the Ministry of Petroleum, finally all fuel supply stations across the country were connected to the smart fuel system, and it was possible to supply gasoline and gasoil quotas in all the stations throughout the country.