Cold weather cuts gas supply in Iranian capital
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 5
By Rahim Zamanov - Trend:
Gas supply to around 700 households in Iranian capital, Tehran, has been cut due to the sharp rise in consumption, Iran's Tasnim News Agency reported on February 5.
Districts 1, 3, 5, 12 and 18 in Tehran have been facing a gas shortage in the past few days. The gas pipelines in the north of Tehran were damaged two days ago.
Gas consumption in Tehran has faced an unprecedented rise in the past few days. The National Iranian Gas Company has urged citizens to economise on their consumption.
Spokesman of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), Majid Boujarzadeh, said on February 4 that the average consumption of Iran's domestic gas was 570 million cubic meters in the past few days which is a new high record, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported on February 4.
"Household consumption accounted for over 518 million cubic meters of the aforementioned amount," he said.
He went on to note that Tehran province's average gas consumption was 219 million cubic meters in the past few days.
The NIGC has cut off gas supply to some petrochemical complexes, while limiting supply to the rest. The company has asked the petrochemical complexes to limit their production to the lowest rate or completely halt production due to the gas shortage.
Iran has a limited gas supply for power plants and industrial units.
Head of Iran's Oil Industry Research Centre, Hamidreza Katouzian warned on December 17 that if the current trend continues, Iran's domestic gas consumption will reach 2.5 billion cubic meters per day by 2025, the country's SHANA News Agency reported.
"Currently Iran's domestic consumption equals the total consumption of industries in Europe," he explained.
He went on to note that the government and the oil ministry should pay more attention to this issue and try harder to optimize the country's gas consumption.
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.