About 22,000 Iranian villages get access to gas

Business Materials 12 April 2017 12:14 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 12

By Emil Ilgar – Trend:

Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said that during the last four years, about 9,000 new villages got access to gas.

The number of villages, linked to Iran's national gas grid, from the beginning of Islamic Republic to 2013 was 13,000, but during Hassan Rouhani’s presidency 9,000 new villages were linked to the gas grid, Shaha news agency quoted Zanganeh Apr.12.

He added that during the last four years, 11 new (standard) phases of South Pars gas field have become operational. Iran inaugurated phases 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 during Rouhani’s administration, but some of the phases are bigger tha the standard ones, which produce 25
mcm/d of gas.

For instance, phase 12 equals 3 standard phases with 82 (million cubic meters per day) mcm/d of production capacity. Phase 19 also equals 2 standard phases.

Iran has increased nominal gas production capacity from 285 mcm/d in 2013 to 495 mcm/d by early 2017 and the figure is expected to reach 540 mcm/d by summer, when Rouhani’s 4-year presidency term ends.

Currently, Iran’s total nominal gross gas production capacity stood at about 850 mcm/d, but the actual production (including flaring and re-reinjection) during the last fiscal year, ended on March 20, reached about 780 mcm/d.

Iran’s housing sector consumes about 280 mcm/d of gas in average.