BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan.13
The increase of power and gas consumption by Iran's households and the trade sector, along with limitation of feeding to some power plants caused extensive power cut in Tehran on Jan. 12, Iranian Energy Ministry's Spokesman for Electricity Industry Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi told Trend.
"The power consumption in Iran's household sector is 55 percent of the country's total power generation. Meanwhile, the scale in other industrial countries is 30 percent but half of Iran's power generation is consumed by households," Mashhadi said.
"The gas consumption in the household sector is 80 percent of the total gas production," he said.
"It is not intended to continue power cut in the country since we know how vital electricity is for the people especially during the COVID-19 times," he said.
"There is shortage of fuel feeding supply to some power plants. This causes the power plants to be out of circuit and to preserve power network there would be temporary power cuts in some areas," he said.
"We recommend people to reduce power and gas consumption by 10 percent," he said.
Mashhadi said the power cuts are not predictable since the amount of power generation capacity at the power plants is significant, but due to limitations of fuel feeding deliveries, technical sections are cutting power in some areas for balance. So, the people should collaborate to prevent power cuts," he said.
An extensive power outage occurred in Tehran on Tuesday while officials have previously indicated possible power cuts due to shortage of fuel supply for power plants. The increase of household gas consumption during winter has disrupted gas supply to power plants therefore liquid fuel become an alternative for natural gas that caused air pollution.