Speaking to Shana, Hassan Montazer Torbati, the managing
director of Gas Engineering and Development Company, said besides the pipeline,
nearly 250 km of IGAT-9 will also come online by March 20.
"The two lines can guarantee sustainable gas
transmission and exports through western provinces of the country," he said.
The official said IGAT-6 project was originally
designed to deliver gas from Assaluyeh in southern Iran to the western city of Dehgolan through the southwestern city of Ahwaz, but a 100-km offshoot was added to the pipeline
from the city of Kouhdasht to Bistoun in the west.
The offshoot will come on-stream this calendar
year, the official added.
Being developed with 50 to 60 million cubic
meters of gas delivery capacity, the pipeline will be instrumental in ensuring
sustainable gas exports to Turkey and Iraq, Torbati added.