Iran spent US$35bn on natural gas subsidies in 2020

10 Jun 2021

The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) paid U$35bn in natural gas subsidies in 2020 (+35% compared to 2018). According to the Ministry of Oil, Iran would be experiencing the most significant rise in subsidies to fossil-based electricity, alongside Venezuela, Mexico, Egypt and China.

Gas accounts for two thirds of the country’s installed capacity, with 54 GW. In 2019, the country consumed 212 bcm of natural, including 86 bcm as input in the energy sector (of which 65 bcm for power generation).

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