Iran more than doubles gas storage at Shoorijeh facility
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 28
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran has stored 894 million cubic meters of natural gas at the Shoorijeh facility in the first half of the current Iranian fiscal year, which started on March 21, a 106 percent rise year-on-year.
The Shoorijeh facility, located at the northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi, is the second largest gas storage facility in Iran, next to the Sarajeh facility, which is located in the central province of Qom.
Naser Eslami, the managing director of Hasheminejad Gas Refining Company, said considering that gas consumption declines in the first six months of the year, a large amount of gas is deposited to the facility for use in winter, the public relations unit of Hasheminejad Gas Refining Company reported.
He added that 6.8 billion cubic meters of sour gas was injected to the gas refining units of the company, a 1.2 percent rise year-on-year.
Iran will be able to extract 10 million cubic meters of gas from the Shoorijeh gas storage facility in winter.
The stored natural gas will be supplied to the northern province of Khorasan, Golestan, Mazandaran, and Semnan.
The managing director of National Iranian Gas Company, Hamidreza Araqi, said in August that the country is currently injecting 5-7 million cubic meters of gas per day to the facility.
Based on the Fifth Five-year Socio-Economic Development Plan (2011-2015), gas storage facilities are in charge of providing enough gas to meet 14 percent of the country's total consumption in cold months.
The Shoorijeh gas storage facility has the capacity to store 4.8 billion cubic meters of natural gas. Iran will store extracted gas from the joint gas fields, especially the giant South Pars field, in the facility.
Edited by CN