Masoud Moumivand told reporters on Saturday that the operation of gas injection to the country’s second largest natural gas project had been launched in Khorasan’s Shurijeh region, to store the strategic product.
“The project has been consisted of 21 wells and a refinery plant with capacity to handle 20 million cubic meters of natural gas,” he was quoted to say. “Currently, Iran is the 5th largest gas storing country with operation of two projects, Qom’s Sarajeh and Khorasan’s Shurijeh sites, and with the operation of new projects especially in Kashan’s salt domes, Iran will be the largest gas storing country,” he added.
“In the first phase of Shurijeh, 11 wells have been drilled, thus adding to the compression capacity of the refinery,” he said.
Meanwhile, Salabali Karimi, the managing director of Iran’s Central Oil Fields Company told reporters that with the full operation of 5 wells, 5 million cubic meters of natural gas would be injected to the national network in hot months of the year. “We predict to use 9 million cubic meters of natural gas of Shurijeh storage in the cold season,” he said.
He also said that NIOC had adopted a policy of development of shared oil and gas fields, “for example, South Pars is a priority for the Company and thus it has abandoned development of independent gas fields.”
Reza Almasi who was also in the press conference, responded to the question whether operation of Khorasan gas storage project would rule out gas imports from Turkmenistan, told that the project would meet the demand of north and northeast provinces; however, “the imports would demand the needs of other provinces.”
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