The main purpose of this study is to identify the delay factors and evaluate the type ranking of delays in natural gas distribution projects. We have investigated 274 projects in Khuzestan gas company from 2015 to 2020. Projects investigated in this study included urban, rural, transmission lines, industrial pipelines, and construction. We identified 22 delay factors and categorized them into owner, contractor, and other related factors. This research shows that Most of the delay factors are related to owner causes. In addition to identifying the factors, this study also deals with the extent of their relationship. In addition to identifying the delay factors, this study also deals with the extent of their relationship. We showed that delay factors may not be independent and there is a significant association between them. These Relations clearly showed that reduction or elimination of many delay factors lead to eliminating many others. The findings of the research were validated and implemented by company experts.