A senior Iranian diplomat says European countries want to purchase natural gas from Iran following a breakthrough nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in November.
“We can sell our gas to Turkey or Europe. After nuclear talks, Europe is very eager to buy gas from Iran,” Ebrahim Rahimpour, Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs, said Monday.
In November, Iran and the Sextet of world powers clinched a deal for the resolution of Tehran’s nuclear issue.
Under the deal, the six powers have agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no more sanctions would be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe.
Earlier this month, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said five European countries are planning to purchase Iran’s natural gas through a major pipeline that Tehran plans to construct.
On November 26, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed his country’s preparedness to assume the role of an energy corridor for Iran.
In October, Yildiz said Turkey would also raise its gas imports from Iran – currently standing at 10 billion cubic meters a year – if possible.
Yildiz stated that Turkey has seen its energy demand double over the past ten years and that it will double again in the next ten years.
Iran is Turkey’s second biggest gas supplier after Russia. Turkey uses a significant portion of its imported Iranian natural gas to generate electricity.
By Press TV
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