Iran opens Sarajeh gas storage

18 December 2012 16:09 (UTC+04:00)

Iran's Sarajeh gas storage facility came on stream on Monday, Massoud Samivand, managing director of Natural Gas Storage Company said on Tuesday, IRNA news agency reported, referring to Trend agency.

The Sarajeh facility is Iran's first gas storage facility which is second to none in the Middle East. It is located at the Sarajeh reservoir at Qom, south of Tehran.

The facility is said to have capacity to store 1.2 billion cubic meters of gas in its first phase and 3.3 billion cubic meters in the second phase.

The Sarajeh gas storage facility's injection capacity is 10 million cubic meters per day.

Samivand went on to note that once the Shoorijeh gas storage facility comes on stream about 4.8 billion cubic meters would be added to the country's total gas storage capacity.

"The project is currently 65 per cent complete. The first phase of the project with 2.4 billion cubic meters capacity, will come on stream in the spring," he said.

Iran will establish 40 gas storage facilities in the coming years, IRNA quoted National Iranian Gas Company's managing director Javad Owji as saying last month.

Massoud Samivand told Mehr news agency earlier that Iran will be able to store 110 mcm of gas per day when it completes several relevant projects.