170 CNG stations in Iran shut down due to financial problems
Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 9
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
One hundred and seventy CNG stations in Iran have been closed due to financial problems, the Tasnim News Agency quoted the head of the union of CNG station operators Ardeshir Dadras as saying on March 9.
Six months ago, the higher economy council held a meeting to set wages of CNG station operators, but it has yet to reach a consensus. This issue has created many problems for CNG station operators, so that 170 CNG stations have been closed across the country due to financial problems, he added.
On February 8, Dadras said supply of gas to CNG stations in Iran was rationed because cold weather has surged gas consumption by households.
Some of the CNG station operators are disinclined to work because the job is not economically justified in their opinion, he added.
On Jan. 1, spokesman for the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Majid Boujarzadeh said that 50 percent of the CNG stations in Tehran were closed due to shortages.
Iran's overall natural gas consumption is expected to grow around seven percent annually for the next decade.
Iran has 33.6 trillion cubic meters of gas reserves.