Iran to build underground gas storage

Mon 07 May 2012 02:19 GMT | 06:19 Local Time

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Iran to build Middle East’s first underground gas storage.

A senior Iranian gas industry official says the country is planning to build an underground natural gas storage facility in salt domes near the central city of Kashan, which will be the first of its kind in the Middle East.

Massoud Samivand, managing director of Natural Gas Storage Company (NGSC), said Saturday that studies on storing natural gas in the new reservoir located in salt domes of Nasrabad region near Kashan have already started.

The official added that based on early studies, the new reservoir will be able to contain 3-4.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

Samivand said various types of geological studies on the reservoir have been finished and the implementation of the first phase of the plan will begin in the near future.

He went on to say that drilling the first reservoir well will begin in late May.

“Drilling one or two new wells will pave the way for storing natural gas in salty pits of Nasrabad reservoir,” he added.

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