Iran will soon pump natural gas to its second underground gas storage facility in the northeast of the country, says a top Iranian energy official.
National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Managing Director Rokneddin Javadi said on Thursday that given the readiness of dehydration and gas storage installations at Shourijeh facility, situated in North Khorasan Province, natural gas will be pumped to the site prior to the second half of the current Iranian calendar month of Ordibehesht (April 21- May 21).
The first natural gas storage facility in Iran and the Middle East was officially inaugurated near the village of Sarajeh — located approximately 124 kilometers south of the Iranian capital, Tehran — in early January.
The Sarajeh facility is said to have the capacity to store 1.2 billion cubic meters of gas in its first phase and 3.3 billion cubic meters in the second phase.
Over 750 million cubic meters of natural gas has already been stored in the facility.
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.
(Source: Press TV)