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New Pipeline Cuts Iran’s Reliance on Turkmen Gas

Iran has inaugurated a gas pipeline which officials say will dispense with supplies from neighboring Turkmenistan to northern Iranian provinces, especially in the winter when demand spirals out of control.

The Damghan-Neka pipeline, the last segment of a trunkline which feeds gas from Iran's giant South Pars field in the Persian Gulf to the Mazandaran province in the Caspian Sea, was inaugurated by Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh on Tuesday.

The 170 km pipeline will have a capacity to transfer 40 million cubic meters of gas per day, media reports said.

With the construction of the Damghan-Neka gas pipeline, there will be no reduction or drop in gas pressure in the northern cities in the winter. With the opening of the pipeline, Iran no longer needs to import gas from Turkmenistan, the spokesman for parliament's Energy Commission Asadollah Qareh-Khani said.

With the opening of this pipeline, the concerns and anxieties of the citizens about gas disruptions in northern Iran, especially in the winter, will also be resolved, he added.

Source: Al-Alam News Network

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