Iran to allocate 100 mcm of gas for power plants daily in winter
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said that the country's thermal power plants are to receive 100 million cubic meters of gas on daily basis during the upcoming winter.
He added that the oil ministry will also supply the power plants with 400 million cubic meters of mazut as well as 20 million cubic meters of gas oil per day during the cold season, the Islamic Republic's Fars news agency reported Nov. 25.
The decision was made after the meetings of the energy and oil ministries' official, Chitchian said.
He expressed hope that the country's power plants will not face any problem with their fuel demand during the winter.
The Islamic Republic faced severe gas shortages last winter. In addition to cutting the gas supply to power plants, the Iranian government had to decrease gas delivery to petrochemical complexes as well as several industrial sectors including cement producing plants.
Over 83 percent of total electricity output in Iran is generated in thermal power plants, fueled by gas oil, fuel oil and natural gas.
Iranian oil ministry seeks to decrease liquid fuel consumption in the country by boosting gas consumption, particularly in power plants. Iran aimed to boost gas supply to power plants to 1,483 billion cubic feet this fiscal year (March 21, 2014-March 21, 2015 to reduce gas oil and fuel oil burning in this sector.
Fuelling Iran 's power plants by natural gas increased by 40 percent from March 21 to July 22, compared to the same period of preceding year.
The country used 1,271 billion cubic feet of gas, as well as 28 billion liters of gas oil and fuel oil for power generation during last fiscal year, ended on March 2014.
Iran's total electricity generation capacity has surpassed 71,000 megawatts recently.
The power generation capacity in Iran has grown by 7 percent annually during the past 10 years.
According to the Iran 's Energy Ministry's annual report, the country produced 263 billion kilowatt hours (KWh) of electricity, while it exported above 11.7 billion KWh and imported 3.7 billion KWh during the last fiscal year (ended on March 21).