Iran threatens to cut gas to domestic consumers

Posted on November 29, 2012


Iran has issued a warning, regarding the domestic gas consumption, IRIB News reported.

Managing Director of National Iranian Gas Company Jawad Owji said this year the highest gas consumption in the country has been recorded, and urged people to use gas more efficiently.

Owji issued a warning to gas consumers, noting that the government has granted a permission to the NIGC to monitor domestic gas usage, and in case of necessity – to take appropriate measures.

“If during monitoring we reveal that a particular gas consumer uses a lot of gas, then a warning will be issued, and if there’s no response after that, then we will cut the gas supply to that user for 48 hours,” Owji said.

He noted that yesterday some 480 million cubic meters of gas were used in domestic, commercial and industrial sectors.

“At least 340 million of that amount was used in domestic and commercial sectors,” Owji said.

He asked people not to abuse the use of gas during the winter season in the country.

Owji brought up statistics on Iran’s usage of gas, that turned out to be far more than in other countries.

He said that on average, gas consumption in Iran is 18 times more than in Japan, 10 times more than in European countries, and 8 times more than in the US.

Deputy director of National Iranian Gas Company Mostqafa Kashkouli said in October that Iran’s gas consumption will reach 600 million cubic meters per day in the upcoming winter.

Daily gas production in Iran is about 600 million cubic meters, and this is projected to increase to 1.2 billion cubic meters in the future. According to the National Iranian Gas Company, the country’s oil and natural gas reserves account for 10 percent and 16 percent of total world reserves, respectively.

With 34 trillion cubic meters of natural gas reserves, Iran has the world’s second-largest natural gas reserves after Russia.