Iran’s housing gas usage hit historic record: 560 mcm/d

Business Materials 24 November 2016 15:37 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 24

By Dalga Khatinoglu – Trend:

Iran’s gas consumption in the housing sector soared to 560 million cubic meters per day (mcm/d) on Nov.24, about 80 mcm/d more than the previous day and 160 mcm/d more than on Nov.21, Saeed Momeni, National Iranian Gas Company announced.

In November 24, 2015, Iran's housing sector consumed 336 mcm/d, about 224 mcm/d less than today.

The temperature in 26 of 31 provinces is below zero.

Last year, in some winter days, Iran’s gas usage in the housing sector broke a record, reaching 496 mcm/d.

According to a document, prepared by Iran’s oil ministry and seen by Trend, the housing sector consumed about 164 mcm/d in the first five months of the current fiscal year (March 21 to August 22).

Housing sector in Iran consumes about 46 percent of Iran’s total sweet gas production, which stood at 520 mcm/d last year. The volume reached 537.6 mcm/d in five months of the current fiscal year, the Oil Ministry’s document said.

However, this is not the total capacity, because Iran produces less sweet gas in warm seasons due to maintenance and repairing of platforms and refineries.

Iran’s power plants also consumed 201 mcm/d, while the industrial sector and petrochemical plants used 89 mcm/d and 49 mcm/d of gas respectively in five months of the current fiscal year.

Iran’s total gas production, including flaring and re-injections to oil fields stood at 735 mcm/d in five months of the current fiscal year.

Iran’s nominal gas refining capacity stood at 748.8 mcm/d last fiscal year, but there is not any information about the current nominal and actual refining capacity.