News ID: 134671
Published: 0700 GMT January 09, 2016

Iran to begin gas exports to Iraq by late June

Iran to begin gas exports to Iraq by late June

Iran will begin gas exports to Iraq by June 21, said the director for international affairs at National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC).

Iran is fully prepared for this, Azizollah Ramezani told Shana adding that the pipelines have been laid completely and its metering station is ready for operation.

"Iran is currently waiting for Iraq to set up necessary infrastructures in its territory," he said.

Earlier, Alireza Kameli, the managing director of National Iranian Gas Export Company, said that there is no problem in exporting gas to Iraq, and that gas transfer will begin as soon as the Iraqi side manages to guarantee the security of the pipeline on its territory.

The two sides signed a basic agreement on natural gas exports from Iran's South Pars gas field to Iraq in 2013.

Based on the agreement, Iran will start exporting 25 million cubic meters (mcm) a day of gas to Sadr, Baghdad and al-Mansouryah power plants through the 270-kilometer pipeline. This amount will increase to 35 mcm/d in hot seasons.

Iran is currently in talks with regional countries such as Kuwait and the UAE. It hopes that the talks will have good results once the sanctions are lifted. Talks have also been held with India on the construction of a 1,300-kilometer long subsea pipeline by an Indian company.

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