Iran launches region's largest gas facility
Shourijeh gas storage facility to boost country's gas delivery
Iran has launched the largest gas storage facility in the Middle East expected to deliver 10mn m3 per day by the fourth quarter of next year, according to FARS news agency.
The Shourijeh gas storage facility opened in Sarakhs city in Khorassan Razavi province, Northeastern Iran after the government has planned to eliminate the need to import gas from neighbouring countries.
Gas will be transfered to North Khorassan, Khorassan Razavi, Mazandaran, Gilan and Ardebil provinces in North, Northeast and Northwest of Iran, the report has said.
Located 25km southeast of Sarakhs in northwestern Iran, the Shourijeh facility will store 5mn m3 of gas over the next seven months.
Forty-five per cent of the equipment for the project has been imported from Ukraine with Iranian companies supplying the rest.
In March, managing director of Natural Gas Storage Company (NGSC) Massoud Samivand announced plans to turn Iran into the second country in the Middle East and one of five in the world with the highest gas storage facilities.
Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Ali Majedi said: "There have been no new talks on gas exports to Europe, but there are routes and facilities which we need to use them," adding that the country is now exporting gas to Iraq and Turkey.