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Iran’s natural gas usage reduced despite cold weather

Oil&Gas Materials 7 January 2011 15:41
Despite the temperature fell up to minus zero in 23 provinces of the country over the last few days, household, commercial and small industrial sectors’ gas consumption has reduced by 15 up to 20 million cubic meters per day, Shana reported.

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 7 / Trend, A.Yusifzade /

Despite the temperature fell up to minus zero in 23 provinces of the country over the last few days, household, commercial and small industrial sectors' gas consumption has reduced by 15 up to 20 million cubic meters per day, Shana reported.

Javad Oji, the managing director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), said that according to the forecast,  was predicted that household gas consumption would reach 380-390 mcm/d as a result of cold weather  in the country, but gas consumption stood at 360-365 mcm/d showing better management of gas used by people. 

He added that by implementing a subsidy reform bill about 20 days ago, gas consumed by the small industries, commercial and household sectors have been reduced by 6 up to 6.5 percent and even some provinces have registered a 15 percent decrease in gas consumption.

According to the NIGC managing director, by delivering more natural gas to power plants and ceasing liquid fuels imports, the company has succeeded saving $15-16 million a day.

Regarding gas import and export balance, the official noted that during the first nine months of current Iranian year (it started on March 21, 2010), the company has exported 1 billion cubic meters more compared to imports.

Regarding the gas consumed by power plants, Oji said the country's power plants are one of the main consumers of gas having 33 shares in the total gas consumption. He also noted that daily gas delivery to these plants has increased by 51 mcm per day although according to the NIGC's commitment the delivery was just 30 mcm per day.

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