Iran delivers 22% more gas to power plants
Tehran, Iran, Dec. 22
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iran's gas delivery to power plants increased by 22 percent in the current Iranian calendar year (started on March 21), compared to the same period previous year.
Deputy Director of Iran Power Generation Transmission & Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR) Abdolrasoul Pishahang said the figure is still less than oil ministry's estimates, Iran's Fars News Agency reported on Dec. 22.
"In the cold months the gas consumption of households increases, so we won't be able to deliver enough gas to power plants and industrial units," he said, noting that the power plants burn liquid fuel instead.
"Iranian power plants currently have the capacity to store 6 billion liters of liquid fuel," he explained.
"Based on global standards, the stored fuel should be enough for 45 days," he added.
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 figure shows over 3 billion liters reduction compared to same period previous year.
Diesel oil and mazut respectively accounted for 5.245 million liters and 7.712 million liters of the mentioned figure.
In the first six months of current year averagely some 53.8 million liters of liquid fuel were consumed in Iranian power plants. 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 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.