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Iran lifts curbs on gas usage for manufacturers

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Iran’s state gas company cancels restrictions imposed on gas usage by manufacturers.

The National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) has ended cuts imposed on gas usage for major industrial users in the country amid a declining consumption reported in the households and businesses sector.

A decree issued by NIGC’s head of dispatching operations Mohammad Reza Joulayi on Sunday ordered the lifting of cuts imposed on gas usage by producers of cement, steel and petrochemicals in all Iranian provinces.

The cuts were imposed in early January to prevent shortages in power plants and in the household sector amid cold weather.

The NIGC reported a record consumption of gas by households and businesses on January 18 when total usage soared to 620 million cubic meters (mcm).

Rising demand for gas even caused problems in pressure facilities in border regions with Turkey and affected Iranian supplies delivered to the country under a major gas export contract.

That comes as total gas injected into a nationwide pipeline network in Iran exceeded 850 mcm on several days in January and February, according to NIGC figures.   

However, authorities on Sunday hailed NIGC’s efforts to ensure enough gas supplies over the cold winter months.

“Thanks to God we passed the gas peak consumption and all restrictions on gas usage have been lifted,” Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi said.

Bahadori said that Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi had appreciated efforts by the Oil Ministry and the Ministry of Energy to prevent energy blackouts in the country.

Iran had experienced recurrent power cuts in large cities last winter because of natural gas shortages in power plants.

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