Iranian power plants’ stored liquid fuel is less than half of standard
Tehran, Iran, Oct. 15
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iranian power plant's stored liquid fuel is now enough for 20 days.
The managing director of Tehran Regional Electric Company, Seyed Zaman Hosseini, said that the standard figure is 45 days, Iran's ISNA News Agency reported on October 15.
"Most likely the power plants will not face any gas shortage in winter," he said.
Iran delivered 10 billion liters of liquid fuel to its power plants in the first half of the current calendar year (March 21 - September 22)
The figures shows over 3 billion liter decrease compared to the same period of the previous year, Iran's SHANA News Agency reported on October 6.
Diesel oil and mazut respectively accounted for 5.245 million liters and 7.712 million liters of the mentioned figure.
Averagely some 53.8 million liters of liquid fuel was consumed in Iranian power plants in the first six months of current year. Mazut accounted for 28 million liters of the mentioned figure.
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 the National Iranian Gas Company's official statistics, Iran delivered 36 billion cubic meters of gas (some 100 million cubic meters per day) to the power plants last year. The figure is projected to reach 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 the 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.