Tehran, YJC.Deputy-oil minister has said Iran has raised gas production from joint fields with Qatar.
Mansour Moazzami told Mehr News that the ministry had plans to increase gas production of current 100mn cubic meters daily. “Since the beginning of the current year (March 21 2014), Iran has increased natural gas production capacity up to 45-50 per cent; which accounts for deliveries to electricity power plants,” he added.
Moazzami pointed to raises in Iran’s gas production in shared gas fields with Qatar in development of 12th phase of South Pars, and predicted new gas production venues with 12th and 15th-18th phases entering operation. “The gas delivery to power plants has also risen up to 40 per cent; this rise not only decreased the using of liquid fuels especially diesel in power plants, but also it did save $5bn and reduced environmental pollution, with subsequent clean weather in country’s megacities,” Moazzami emphasized.
Hamid Reza Araqi, managing director of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) spoke of ‘new records in gas deliveries to power plants and reduced liquid fuel burning in the power plants and subsequent economic saving; “About 25 billion liters of liquid fuel including diesel and fuel oil have been fed into power plants, which contributed significantly to pollution in megacities,” he added. “In first six months of the year, more than 7.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas have been delivered to power plants, while country’s gas production has risen 60 million cubic meters daily at the same time,” said the official.
In still different occasion, the director-general of Pars Special Energy Zone said that during recent seven months, country’s gas condensate exports has risen 76 per cent in value compared to that last year. Khodadad Rahimi told Mehr News that the Zone had great capacities for exports and imports of goods especially of industries and oil, gas, and petrochemical sectors. “More than 147,000 tons of goods have been imported through the South Pars customs, mainly in petrochemical industries, worth of $966mn,” he added.