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11/28/10

Iran, Turkmenistan inaugurate 2nd phase of gas pipeline

Source: ISNA, Tehran; photos by Mehdi Blourian, Mehr News Agency

Iran-Turkmenistan second phase of gas pipeline was inaugurated on Sunday in an official ceremony attended by presidents of the two countries.


Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov (left) and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurate the pipeline

The pipeline imports Turkmenistan's gas to Iran's at northeastern city of Sarakhs and northern city of Sangbast, Mazandaran.

Iran also inaugurated second phase of a domestic gas pipeline stretching from north to northeast of the country.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Oil Minister Massoud Mir-Kazemi and Iranian President's senior aide Mojtaba Samareh-Hashemi have joined the ceremony as well.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is in the the city of Sarakhs for inauguration of the project.

The route of Iran's north-northeast gas pipeline which spreads 1059 kilometers includes two major projects, the one starts from central region of Parchin and terminates at north of Iran, (Sangbast region) and the second one transfers Turkmenistan's gas to Iran.

The first phase of Iran-Turkmenistan gas pipeline which is 35km long was inaugurated last year.

The second phase of the project spreads 120 kilometers and is expected to pump 40 million cubic meters of Turkmenistan's natural gas to Iran daily.

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