The natural gas resources (domestic production + fiscal package) reached 650 Kilotons of oil equivalent (ktoe), at the end of March 2023, down 12%, compared to the same period of the previous year, the National Observatory of Energy and Mines said in its monthly report on the energy situation of March 2023.
The production of dry commercial gas fell by 13% with a decrease in the royalty on the passage of Algerian gas of 10%.
Imports of natural gas grew 2% between the end of March 2022 and the end of March 2023, to 588 ktoe, due to the lower production.
The total demand for natural gas fell by 7% to 1166 ktoe by the end of March 2023.
The demand for electricity production decreased 5% and the demand for final consumption dropped by 11%.
According to the observatory, the electricity production sector remains by far the largest consumer of natural gas (62% of total demand at the end of March 2023).
Electricity production is in fact based on natural gas for more than 97%.
The decrease in demand from the electricity sector is due to the limited availability of natural gas and does not mirror the demand from the electricity sector.
For end uses (excluding power generation), natural gas demand decreased by 11% to 441 ktoe.
The demand of medium- and low-pressure customers showed a decline of 6% and demand from high pressure customers by 27%.