Iran needs to extend natural gas pipeline network, official says

Nov. 18, 2013 at 7:28 AM

TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Iran needs more than 3,700 miles of pipeline installed to respond to domestic needs in the natural gas sector, a gas company director said Monday.

Reza Almasi, managing director of the National Iranian Gas Transfer Co., said an extension of that length is needed on a gas pipeline network that now covers 21,000 miles, the Fars News Agency reported.

Almasi said he was responding to a request from the federal government to overhaul the pipeline network to keep up with domestic demand for natural gas.

"Up to the present, [the] gas pipeline network has been designed and built just to connect the feeding points and consumption markets without considering any alternative network for emergency situations, and construction of this extra network requires $15 billion to $20 billion dollars of investments," he said.

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