TEHRAN (Shana) -- A senior Iranian energy official said the country was supplying a total of 800 million cubic meters/day of natural gas or 5 mbd of oil equivalent.
The CEO of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), Hassan Montazer Torbati, held his first press conference on Saturday since he took office in December.
During the press conference, he said 97 percent of the country’s urban population and 82% of the Iranian citizens in rural areas had access to natural gas supplied by NIGC by the national gas distribution network which is one of the world’s most expansive ones.
According to him, 37% of the domestic gas consumption was in the power generation sector, 25% in the household sector, 30% in the industrial sector, and 4% was consumed for production of compressed natural gas (CNG), which accounted for 20-23 million cubic meters per day of gas.
He said Iran had reached self-sufficiency in production of most of the items used in gas refining and distribution industries, adding gas exports could ensure amicable relations with Iran’s neighbors.
The NIGC CEO further predicted that all the Iranian villages would have access to gas by 2021, stating that villages with more than 20 households were prioritized to be covered by the gas distribution network.
Gas export to Pakistan
The official said Iran was ready to start the gas flow to neighboring Pakistan, adding, “We are prepared to start the exports but we are waiting for the Pakistani part to prepare the infrastructure for the project to complete.”
Regarding ongoing gas exports to Iraq, the official said Iran was currently exporting gas to Iraq’s Basra and Baghdad and received its dues accordingly.
He also said that Iran needed no gas imports currently, adding a dispute with Turkmenistan regarding the latter’s disruption of gas flow to Iran’s northern provinces had been taken to international arbitration, adding the case was being pursued through relevant legal channels.
Touching on gas exports to Turkey, Montazer Torbati said that both Tehran and Ankara were keen on continuation of their gas deals give the former’s intentions to send gas to Europe through Turkey and the latter’s rising demand for gas.