Tehran, Jan 17, IRNA - Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari extended his appreciation to the staff of National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Co (NIORDC) for appropriately supplying fuel across the country in the recent cold snap.
Nozari paid an unceremonious visit to the NIORDC and was briefed on supply of fuel for people and replacement for power plants, PIN reported.
Following unprecedented heavy snowfall and sharp drop in gas pressure, some parts of the country faced gas disruption, prompting the NIORDC to form a crisis headquarters to provide people and power plants with fuel.
Over 1,000 fixed and makeshift agents sold fuel in the cities and villages of West Azarbaijan, East Azarbaijan, Kurdestan, Kermanshah, Ardebil, Zanjan, Markazi, Qazvin, Mazandaran, Golestan, Gilan, Semnan, Khorassan Razavi, North Khorassan, South Khorassan, Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari, Lorestan, Hamedan, Yazd, Zahedan, and Bushehr provinces.
Nozari said people were faced with no shortage of fuel replacements particularly kerosene and gas oil, adding, "I appreciate the staff of NIORDC for their round the clock efforts."
The oil minister Wednesday assured that Iran was not exporting gas to anywhere currently and all the produced gas was being used at home.
He told reporters 13.2 million subscribers were using gas and 300,000 had faced cutoff.
The minister vowed that gas disruption and drop in pressure would be settled by next weekend.
"At present, 457 million cubic meters of gas is being injected into national grid," said Nozari, adding the unflinching efforts helped solve the major part of problems and only some parts of the country were now suffering from low pressure.
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