0154 GMT July 20, 2019
Mosaab al-Modares said the remaining portion of the pipeline will be laid once the security of the regions through which it is supposed to traverse is guaranteed, IRNA reported.
He noted the pipeline will supply gas to al-Mansourieh, al-Sadr and al-Quds refineries.
'Military operations are still continuing in some of the regions through which the pipeline will pass.'
The 100-kilometer pipeline stretches from Charmaleh in Ilam province to Naft-Shahr on the Iran-Iraq border.
As stipulated in the contract between the two countries, Iran will initially export 4 mcm of gas to Iraq per day and this figure will later increase to 25 mcm.
On completion, the project will solve a major portion of Iraq's energy problems, particularly its electricity shortage.
In the year which ended mid-March 2014, 16 Iranian workers were martyred by terrorist groups while laying the pipeline in Iraqi territory.
Earlier, Amanollah Zare', the managing director of Nirou Gostar Industrial Group, said the project's implementation mode was changed during January 21-February 19, 2014, thus expediting its construction.
Zare' noted that the section of the 48-inch pipeline in Iraqi territory has been laid up to Mansourieh power plant. 'Some 40 percent of the project has been implemented since March 21, 2014,' he said.