0201 GMT January 28, 2021
The inauguration ceremony was attended by the head of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), Hassan Montazer-Torbati, and some provincial officials, IRNA reported.
As part of the mentioned projects, a city, and 55 rural areas were connected to the national gas network, while natural gas was also supplied to 125 production and industrial units.
Over the past seven years, more than 18,000 villages, with 1.6 million households, were connected to the national gas network.
In August, Zanganeh said that currently about 88 percent of the country’s rural areas are supplied with natural gas through the national network, while nearly 95 percent of the country’s total population is enjoying natural gas.
The NIGC head had earlier announced that gas supply operations in rural and urban regions of various provinces were ongoing despite the limitations created by the outbreak of the coronavirus.
According to Montazer-Torbati, in the past few years, every year more than 3,000 villages have been connected to the national gas network.
Earlier, NIGC’s former dispatching director had said that the transmission capacity of the national gas network rose to one billion cubic meters per day (bcm/d).
The official mentioned the South Pars gas field’s new platforms going operational in the current year and noted that with the increase of the national gas network’s capacity, the new production capacity from the South Pars platforms won’t be idle.
South Pars Gas Field, which Iran shares with Qatar, covers an area of 9,700 square kilometers, 3,700 square kilometers of which are in Iran’s territorial waters. The remaining 6,000 square kilometers, called North Dome, are situated in Qatar’s territorial waters.