Iran power plants not to need liquid fuel next year

Business Materials 29 September 2014 15:34 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, Sept. 29

By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

Iran's power plants will be able to operate without liquid fuel as of nexy year, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangane stated.

"We will have enough gas to feed to power plants instead of liquid fuel as of next year," , Iran's IRNA News Agency quoted Zangane on Sept. 29. "So the only sector in need of liquid fuel would be the transportation sector."

Iran's liquid fuel consumption hit 1.046 billion liters in the week to Sept. 26.

Some 711.3 million liters of diesel oil and 293.3 million liters of mazut were consumed in the country in the mentioned period, Iran's SHANA News Agency reported on Sept. 29.

Iran's liquid oil consumption in the mentioned week decreased by 115.6 million liters per day compared to the previous week.

The ministry seeks to decrease liquid fuel consumption in the country by boosting gas consumption.

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh previously said that by increasing Iran's total gas output especially from joint fields, the country's liquid fuel consumption in the industrial units and power plants will be reduced.

Gas shortage forced Iran to burn 28 billion liters of diesel oil and mazut in power plants last year. According to National Iranian Gas Company's official statistics, Iran delivered 36 billion cubic meters of gas (some 100 million cubic meters per day) to power plants last year. The figure is projected to reach to 42 billion cubic meters in the current year.

Mehr News Agency on July 29 quoted NIGC's managing director, Hamidreza Araqi, as saying that Iranian power plant's gas consumption in the first four months of the current year increased by 40 percent compared to previous year.

"Iran has averagely delivered over 160 million cubic meters of gas per day to power plants from the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year so far," he said, adding that the figure even reached 230 million cubic meters in late July.

Edited by CN