Iran to provide free natural gas to some households
According to the Iranian Oil Ministry, natural gas will be available free of change to households with low usage as part of a government plan to make energy consumption more efficient.
“Although this scheme would lead to lower revenues but what matters more to us is creating a balance in supply and demand which would come out of this scheme,” said Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh in a meeting with senior government officials on Saturday.
Iran has one of the world’s largest networks of natural gas for household consumption. Pipelines reached remote regions in the country’s southeast this year while the government has accelerated plans to link even small villages to the grid.
Household consumption in Iran normally reaches peaks of more than 600 million cubic meters per day in cold winter months while output is nearing 1 billion cubic meters a day with the planned rollout of new gas rigs in the South Pars, the world’s largest gas filed located in the Persian Gulf which is shared between Iran and Qatar.