Addressing a press conference here in Tehran on Monday, the official IRR
90 billion of the projects concern construction of pipelines and pressure
boosting facilities and the rest involve gas delivery to subscribers across the
He said Iran produces 800 million cubic meters of natural gas per day
and supplies it to 92% of the Iranian population.
Touching on Iran's gas imports from Turkmenistan for northern Iranian provinces,
Araghi said, "We may establish trade ties with our northern neighbor in the future but [for the time being] we no longer need to rely on their gas flow because we are not in a state of
"We may consider business deals or trade ties with it [Turkmenistan] but not out
of urgency," Araghi said.