Iran holds one of world’s largest gas pipeline network Managing director of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Hamidreza Araqi said Iran holds one of the largest gas pipeline networks in the world...
Managing director of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Hamidreza Araqi said Iran holds one of the largest gas pipeline networks in the world.
Addressing a press conference here in Tehran on Monday, the official said Iran produces 800 million cubic meters (MMcm/d) of natural gas per day and supplies it to 92% of the Iranian population.
According to the report of the public relations of the NIGC, he also said that 98 percent of people in the urban areas and 76 percent in the rural regions in Iran enjoys natural gas at present.
Araqi further put the country’s daily gas production at 800 MMcm and said the figure is planned to reach 1 billion cubic meters (bcm) based on the country’s Sixth Five-Year National Development Plan (2016-2021).
The sixth plan has also envisaged the daily gas export of 200 MMcm, he added.
He noted that the work on the sixth national gas pipeline with the length of 1000 kilometers is complete by 80-90 percent and the pipeline will be inaugurated in the next calendar year.
Answering a question about NIGC’s gas export priorities, he said: “Supplying gas for domestic consumption in a safe and stable way is of higher significance to us, but we have the potential and capacity of exports.”
He also touched on gas exports to Georgian, saying: "Georgia should receive gas from Armenia and Russia, and the gas we send to Armenia should turn into electricity and we will sell it to Georgia, whose procedure is under way and talks are being held in this regard."
He said: “For gas export to Basra, we have been ready since the past two months and it is expected that the export will be commenced in the beginning of the next [Iranian calendar] year (late March) when the Iraqi side will be also ready.”
Araqi added that Iran is planning to become an exporter of technical and engineering services in gas sector.