In Armenia Blue Fuel Is Costly Pleasure: Many Communities Heat Themselves with Wood

In Armenia Blue Fuel Is Costly Pleasure: Many Communities Heat Themselves with Wood


Armenia has the highest level of gasification – 96%, said Alexey Miller, GasProm CEO at his recent meeting with the company employees. Speaking about the preparation works for winter season Alexey Miller outlined that GasProm Armenia has peformed all relevant works by 100%. One cum gas for consumers monthly using up to 10,000 cum gas costs 146.7 AMD including VAT, while gas price for consumers consuming over 10,000 cum is US $ 257.56 including VAT.

Many communities in Armenia having gas supply can't afford gas to hear their houses because of social conditions: they heat with wood, for example, one of Margahovit community residents has initiated production of wood-saving ovens.

The number of illegal tree felling has increase, as winter comes, particularly from 24 to 28 October Nature Protection Ministry workers detected 207 illegally cut down trees in Gugark forestry enterprise and 94 ones in Noyemberyan forestry enterprise. Illegal tree felling was also recorded in Vayots Dzor and Aragatsotn Regions. The damage caused to nature was estimated in the amount of 13.5 million AMD.

According to experts' estimates, on average each family uses 8-15 cum fuel wood. Annual demand for fuel wood makes up 600-650 thousand cum, while legal cutting is not definitely sufficient to meet this demand. Particularly in 2015 ArmForest collected 25,977 cum fuel wood from legal tree felling.

Reminder: on 15 September Armenian PM Karen Karapetyan presided the governmental meeting for the first time and proposed to reduce gas and electricity tariffs.

'As far as the social component is concerned, I suggest that the Public Services Regulatory Commission, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs should discuss and submit recommendations on the revision of gas and electricity tariff policy.

I mean that tariffs need to be reduced for vulnerable groups at the expense of other consumers. At the same time, tariffs should stimulate business, especially agriculture and processing industries.

There will be a relevant directive formulated with clearly specified deadlines. All this must be done not at the expense of the budget, but instead at the expense of those economic operators which are providing these services.'



14:52 October 31, 2016

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