The Damghan-Neka pipeline, the last segment of a trunkline which feeds gas from Iran's giant South Pars field in the Persian Gulf to the Mazandaran province in the Caspian Sea, was inaugurated by Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh on Tuesday.
The 170 km pipeline will have a capacity to transfer 40 million m3/d of gas.
"With the construction of the Damghan-Neka gas pipeline, there will be no reduction or drop in gas pressure in the northern cities in the winter. With the opening of the pipeline, Iran no longer needs to import gas from Turkmenistan," the spokesman for parliament's Energy Commission Asadollah Qareh-Khani said.
"With the opening of this pipeline, the concerns and anxieties of the citizens about gas disruptions in northern Iran, especially in the winter, will also be resolved," he added.
The project is worth about $250 million. The entire amount is paid by local companies.
Turkmenistan stopped gas exports to Iran in January 2017 due to Iran’s long delayed US$2 billion debt.
Iran imported about 5.86 billion m3 of gas from Turkmenistan during 2016, about 53% less than the previous year, according to an official document prepared by Iran's Oil Ministry and seen by Trend.
Iran plans to invest US$3 billion to increase the underground gas storage capacity at five facilities from about 11.5 billion m3 by 2018. All of these storage facilities – Sarajeh, Shourijeh, Yurtesha, Nasrabad and Ghezel Tapeh – are in the north and northeast of Iran, according to an official document prepared by Iran’s Oil Ministry.
Iran has imported natural gas from Turkmenistan since 1997 for distribution in the north of the country, furthest from the gas resources in the south.
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