Vakil Bazaar, in the historic center of Shiraz, capital of the central southern Iran province of Fars. A new gas field is reported to have been discovered nearby. Photo: AFP / Rolf Zimmermann

Iran has discovered a gas field near the Gulf with enough reserves to supply the capital for 16 years, state media reported on Sunday.

The Eram field contains 19 trillion cubic feet (538 billion cubic metres) of natural gas, the National Iranian Oil Company said, cited by official news agency IRNA.

The oil ministry’s Shana website said the field was located in Fars province, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Shiraz.

“Given the volume of 19 trillion cubic feet reserves of in-situ gas and 385 million barrels of gas condensate in Eram field, the revenue from this field will be $40 billion,” IRNA quoted an NIOC official as saying.

The amount of gas in the newly discovered field was enough to supply Tehran – a city with an estimated population of around eight million – for 16 years, the official said.

Iran is a member of OPEC which says the country has proven natural gas reserves of 1,197 trillion cubic feet (33.9 trillion cubic metres), the second highest in the world.


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