Iran says it has launched the largest gas storage facility in the Middle East in the northeastern province of Razavi Khorasan.
The inaugural ceremony of Shourijeh facility, which is located about 25 kilometers southeast of the city of Sarakhs, was held in the presence of Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh on Sunday, IRNA reported.
Shourijeh storage facility, with the capacity of storing 4.8 billion cubic meters of natural gas, will help the country to reduce dependency on gas imports from Turkmenistan.
About ten million cubic meters per day of natural gas will be fed into the storage facility in summers and 20 million cubic meters per day withdrawn from it in autumns and winters.
Iran’s first gas storage facility was launched in the central province of Qom in early January. In November 2012, former managing director of the National Iranian Gas Company, Javad Owji, said the Islamic Republic plans to establish 40 gas storage facilities in the coming years.