TEHRAN Oct 6 (Shana)–Natural gas will gradually replace mazut and gasoil as the main fuel of power plants over the next year, managing director of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) Abbas Kazemi said.
He said that the company has put into force a plan which aims either to halt delivery of mazut and gasoil to power plants completely or reduce their delivery to the lowest level in next year.
According to Kazemi, production of natural gas is expected to rise by 200 mcm/d next year; bulk of them will be substituted mazut and gasoil as the main fuel of power plants.
“Under the Article 25 of reforming energy consumption law, power plants have been tasked with reducing their mazut consumption to less than 10 percent which means they have to reduce their mazut intake by at least 2 percent each year and halt its consumption in 2025”, NIORDC’s managing director said.
Elsewhere in his remarks he said Shazand oil refinery was the only refinery in the country that has managed to bring down mazut production to less than 10 percent, expressing hope other domestic oil refineries will follow suit “because the product will lose its customers not only at home but in the Persian Gulf region”.
NIORDC will pursue replacement of mazut and gasoil as the fuel of power plants very seriously, Kazemi concluded.
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