Iran aims to extend local gas coverage by 75 percent
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 7 / Trend, A.Yusifzade /
Over 75 percent of Iranian villages will be added to the beneficiaries of the gas supply network by the end of Iranian Fifth Five-Year development plan (2011-2016), Shana reported quoting the Managing Director of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Javad Oji as saying.
According to Oji, 9,400 Iranian villages from total 53,000 currently connected to the Iranian gas supply network.
Earlier, Mojtaba Shaikh Bahaee the official in charge of gas supply at the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) said that since the beginning of the current Iranian year on March 21, 2010, 750 cities and villages have been added to the beneficiaries of the gas supply network.
Bahaee emphasized on appropriate progress of gas supplying plan adding since the start of the new Iranian year NIGC has extended its gas coverage services to 50 cities and 700 villages more across the country.
"Efforts are underway to connect 100 cities and 1,500 villages to gas supply network up to the end of the current Iranian year on March 20, 2011," Bahaee said.
Bahaee said that $1.3 billion credit have been allocated to extending gas network for this year noting more than 90 percent of it has been absorbed.
According to Bahaee, NIGC plans to subscribe 600,000 new users for this year and install 400,000 new splits.
Iran has more than 200,000 kilometers of gas pipeline network 32,000 kilometers of which is trunk lines providing a proper infrastructure for development in all sectors.