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Uzbekistan: 36 New Stations to be Built in 2012

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Uzbekistan's Government plans to build 36 new fuel service stations and hundreds of new roads as part of its plan to modernise the country's national infrastructure. In total, 517km of new roads will be built this year as part of the plan, including 165km of paved, concrete roads. The initiative was approved by the country's president, Islam Karimov (pictured), in May 2009. 

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Thailand: Government Seeks Increase in Reserves

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Thailand's Government has asked the nation's oil refiners to increase their inventories as it seeks to secure fuel supplies amid growing Middle East tensions. Norkun Sitthiphong, Permanent Energy Secretary, confirmed that the request had been made to refiners, adding that more measures could be adopted depending on the course of events.

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India: IOC In Contention to Secure Kerala Airport Stake

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Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has joined the race to secure a minority stake in the new airport in Kerala, hoping to win more jet fuel contracts and control of the airport's infrastructure. IOC will compete with Bharat Petroluem Corp and Hindustan Petroleum for a piece of the airport, after the latter two having already expressed interested in obtaining 11% stakes. 

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