Contractors Line up for Iran-Europe Gas Pipeline

A0042395.jpgTEHRAN (FNA) – Contractors have submitted proposals for a construction contract covering a 1,800 kilometer long cross-country gas pipeline in Iran.

Iran’s Gas Transmission Company (IGTC) Managing Director Mostafa Kashkuli said the tender of the 1,800km long 9th cross-country gas pipeline was held and contractors offered their financial proposals.

The main reason behind the construction of the 9th nationwide gas transmission pipeline was to boost the network in western regions of the country and to export the commodity to Turkey and Europe, National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) quoted the official as saying, Tehran Times said.

According to IGTC head, more than five billion dollars will be invested in the project.

Kashkuli said the pipe of the line would be 17 inches in diameter, adding the private sectors’ investors would build 17 pressure boosting stations on the build-own-operate (BOO) basis.

The line would have the capacity to transmit 110 million cubic meters of gas, said the official, adding the NIGC’s Technical-Commercial Committee was studying proposals and would introduce qualified contractors in the near future.

Iran’s gas transmission lines will span more than 37,000km by the end of Fourth Five-Year Socioeconomic Development Plan, 2010, said the managing director.

“For the time being there are over 25,000km of transmission lines,” Kashkuli said, adding every year 2,000km was added to the figure.

“Gas pipelines expand in proportion to the country’s natural gas consumption and the National Iranian Gas Company is to improve production, transmission, and distribution facilities.”

Over 2,900km of gas lines was added last year, Kashkuli added.

The pipeline is designed to transfer sweet gas produced by phases 9 and 10 of South Pars field.

It is one of several major pipeline projects being planned by Tehran, which include a proposed pipeline to India, via Pakistan.

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