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Iran’s domestic gas consumption hits all-time high

Oil&Gas Materials 14 December 2013 20:08

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 14

By Rahim Zamanov - Trend:

Some 422 million cubic meters of gas was consumed in Iran on December 13, the spokesman of National Iranian Gas Company, Majid Boujarzadeh said, the Mehr News Agency reported on December 14.

"The figure registers a new record," Noujarzadeh added.

"During the past year, some 1.5 million subscribers have been added to the country's national gas network, which has led to an increase of 60 million cubic meters in country's total consumption, he explained.

The managing director of National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC), Mostafa Kashkouli, said on December 13 that Iran power plants' fuel consumption has reached 135 million liters per day in the ninth calendar month (which started on November 23), which is considered a new record, the ISNA News Agency reported.

The country's power plants currently use fuels including gas oil and kerosene instead of gas. Iran's power plants need 140-150 million cubic meters of gas per day, but with the gas shortage the country is facing, the power plants have turned to consuming gas oil or kerosene.

According to Kashkouli, the average consumption of the plants was around 103 million liters in the mentioned period.

It was announced earlier this month that Iran's domestic gas consumption has reached nearly half a billion cubic meters per day.

The figure shows 9 to 10 percent increase compare to the same period of time previous year.

The increasing demand from household has caused gas shortage in some parts of the country.

Iran's households and business units' consumption currently stands at 340-345 million cubic meters which is 15-20 percent more than the same period previous year.

The Mehr News Agency previously reported that based on the data collected by Iran's Oil Ministry, the country needs over 700 million cubic meters of gas per day in the coming winter.

According to BP's latest yearly report, Iran's dried gas output is about 160 bcm, a little more than domestic consumption level.

Iran exported 7.5 bcm of gas to Turkey and imported 4.5 bcm gas from Turkmenistan in 2012, according to BP's report.

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