Iran and Turkmenistan have launched a new gas pipeline to raise natural gas supplies to the Islamic Republic by 20 billion cubic meters (bcm) a year.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Turkmen counterpart Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov attended a ceremony to inaugurate the new 31-kilometer pipeline at the Dovletebad gas field in southeastern Turkmenistan.
Iran currently imports about 8 billion bcm a year from Turkmenistan via another pipeline.
"...launching the pipeline... will allow (Turkmenistan), along with existing facilities, to raise natural gas supplies to Iran to 20 billion cubic meters a year," the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"The gas pipeline that is being opened today will take our relations to a new level," Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday.
Iran uses Turkmen gas to supply its northern provinces and free up more o
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