TEHRAN (Dispatches) - Deputy Oil Minister Hassan Montazer Torbati said on Monday that Iranian gas exports had 3.6 billion cubic meters increase in the past Iranian year (ended on March 19) compared with the volume in the year before.
Torbati made the announcement based on a report of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) based on registration of new records in the country’s gas production, transmission, distribution and exports in the previous Iranian calendar year.
Last year, Iran had a rise of 26% in its gas exports, he said.
The figure was a record in exports of Iran’s natural gas, the official added.
He said the collective consumption of gas in the household, commercial, and non-major industrial sectors rose by 10 billion cubic meters, adding despite record new consumption levels, domestic and rural household subscribers’ gas supply was never cut off last year.
He stated that in the last four months of last year, the average daily consumption of the household sector rose by 55 million cubic meters compared to the same period in 1397, adding: "Iran’s gas exports experienced a 26-percent jump in 1398 year-on-year.”
The NIGC CEO further added that a total of 270 bcm of gas was recovered from the country’s reserves last year, adding that construction and expanding the gas distribution network in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan to the city of Zahedan was one of NIGC’s priorities for the current Iranian calendar year which began on March 20.
He continued that the NIGC is to develop the gas sector through completion of the national gas projects in the current year.
Torbati stressed that the spread of coronavirus could not hinder gas development in the country.