Iran denies reports on increasing natural gas imports
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.12/ Trend G.Mehdi/
The National Iranian Gas Company has denied reports by domestic media that it has requested additional natural gas imports from Turkmenistan, Mehr reported.
NIGC spokesman Majid Boujarzadeh said that there is no gas shortage in the country and gas supply to all provinces is normally underway.
On Sunday, ISNA reported that Iran has put in a request for increasing imports of natural gas from Turkmenistan up to 40 million cubic meters per day.
Iran imports 15-18 million cubic meters of gas per day from Turkmenistan, but the figure reaches 30 million cubic meters during winter.
On October 22, IRNA quoted National Iranian Gas Company's managing director Javad Owji as saying that Imports of natural gas from Turkmenistan into Iran have decreased by 52 percent over the first half of the current Iranian year compared to the same period last year, which began on March 20.
According to BP, Iran imported some 10.2 billion cubic meters of gas from Turkmenistan last year, while exporting some 8.4 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey.
Last year, gas consumption and production in Iran amounted to about 153.3 billion cubic meters and 151.8 billion cubic meters, respectively.
Iran also barters around 400,000 cubic meters of its gas to Armenia for electricity. With Azerbaijan, Iran is using swaps, which accounts for one million cubic meters of gas per day.