Yaşar Arslan, Chairman of the Turkish Natural Gas Distributors Association, said that the details of the natural gas support package announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the Black Sea Natural Gas Commissioning Ceremony on April 20 have become clear.
Stating that the preparations carried out under the coordination of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the Energy Market Regulatory Authority and natural gas distribution companies have come to the final stage, Arslan said that the practice of not collecting natural gas from residences, places of worship and cemevis within the scope of the Presidential Decree will be accrued between April 24, 2023 and May 31, 2023. He stated that it will be valid for natural gas bills corresponding to 1 month’s consumption.
Arslan stated that as of June, the application of making free of charge of up to 25 cubic meters of natural gas per month for the use of citizens for 11 months will be started, so that many subscribers will almost not have natural gas expenses during the summer months.
“We estimate that the cost of the support will be approximately 37 billion liras”
Pointing out that the households will use approximately 50 to 60 cubic meters of natural gas free of charge in April and May within the scope of this support, Arslan said:
“Without collecting natural gas from residences, places of worship and cemevis for 1 month and making 25 cubic meters of natural gas available to citizens free of charge in the next 11 months, the natural gas bill of an average of 2 thousand liras per household will be free of charge. Considering that the annual natural gas expenditure in households is 6 thousand liras on average. “Within the scope of the Presidential Decree, approximately 35 percent support will be provided to annual natural gas expenses. We estimate that the total cost of both supports will be approximately 37 billion liras.”
“Natural gas is at least 2 times cheaper compared to other fuels”
Arslan stated that in 2022, households using natural gas for heating, cooking and hot water paid a bill of approximately 6 thousand TL, but households using domestic coal for heating, hot water and LPG for cooking paid 12 thousand TL of the bill paid by households using imported coal with high calorific value. He said that the bill he paid exceeded 18 thousand liras.
Emphasizing that households that prefer natural gas can meet their heating, cooking and hot water needs at least 2 times cheaper than other fuels, Arslan said, “This rate will become much higher with the support of invoices.”