Speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate over 280 gas supply projects in the northeastern Iranian province of Khorasan Razavi through a videoconference, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh added development of the South Pars Gas Field, in southern Iran, has made it possible for the country to supply gas to its cities and villages and become an exporter of the fossil fuel, IRNA reported.
As part of the inaugurated projects, 77 rural areas were connected to the national gas network, and operations started for supplying gas to 39 more villages.
The projects also included performing operations to supply natural gas to 167 production and industrial units across the country.
The minister noted that during the past seven years, over 32,000 rural households across the country have been provided with access to natural gas through the national network.
Zanganeh added currently, natural gas is being supplied to about 88 percent of the country’s rural areas through the national network, noting that over 95 percent of the country’s total population have access to natural gas through the network.
“This extent of network coverage is unprecedented in the world,” he stressed.
Elaborating on the ministry’s plan for increasing gas supply to the country’s rural areas, Zanganeh said, “We studied all ways to supply gas to rural areas and conducted research in this field, which took a year, and came to the conclusion that connecting such regions to the national network is the most economical way.”
The implementation of the projects to supply gas to Iran’s rural areas has helped create thousands of jobs, the minister noted.