Mazut accounts for 25% of Iranian power plants’ fuel consumption
Tehran, Iran, Dec. 20
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iran needs to daily deliver 160 million cubic meters of fuel to power plants, Saeed Motassedi, Deputy Director of Iran's Department of Environment said.
Motassedi said that mazut accounts for 25 percent of the mentioned figure, Iran's IRNA News Agency reported on Dec. 20.
"Mazut is polluting so we are trying to lower the fuel's delivery to power plants as much as possible," he explained. "We have managed to increase gas delivery to power plants to 110 million cubic meters per day from the previous year's figure of 80 million cubic meters."
According to the official, the remaining need of the power plants is being met with diesel oil.
"By reducing households' gas consumption by 20 percent, Iran will be able to completely cut the mazut consumption at power plants," Motassedi said.
"Currently some 400-500 million cubic meters of gas is being consumed by households," he added.
"The households' gas consumption in Iran rises in cold months, which usually results in gas supply cuts to power plants and other industrial units. Whenever this happens, the power plants start burning mazut to continue working," he explained.
However, the official said that Iran's gas shortage problem in cold months will be resolved next year and only natural gas will be burned in all the country's power plants.