0127 GMT January 28, 2021
Hassan Montazer-Torbati referred to the balancing of production and consumption in the country in recent years, saying: “Due to measures taken in recent years in South Pars, the country’s daily gas production has reached 900 million cubic meters, which is equivalent to five million barrels of oil per day,” Shana reported.
Torbati also pointed to the 30-mcm increase in daily consumption of natural gas during the summer compared to the same period in the previous year and said, “Normally, a number of new cities and villages are connected to the country’s gas network every year and this increase in consumption is partly due to this, but the main reason for this year’s unusual increase was the rise in hot water consumption for sanitary purposes due to the coronavirus pandemic.”
The deputy oil minister for gas affairs stated that most of the country’s cities are now connected to the national gas network, noting that the number of villages connected to the gas network in the country has increased from 14,000 villages in the year to March 20, 2014, to about 32,000 villages in the current Iranian year.
He said it means an average of 3,000 villages have been supplied with natural gas every year.
According to Torbati, about 25 percent of the country’s total gas production goes to household consumption, 37 percent is supplied to power plants, 30 percent is used in the industry sector, four percent used as CNG, and four percent is for other consumption.
Over 93.6 percent of Iran’s population enjoys natural gas. Gas is supplied to 97 percent of people in urban areas, and 82 percent of people in rural areas.