Tehran, July 15, IRNA – Iran expected to start its gas exports to Iraq in early 2015, should the terrorist activities stop in that country, Deputy Oil Minister for International Affairs Ali Majedi said on Tuesday.
Iraq has been facing serious crisis since the terrorist group of Daesh, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) invaded the country earlier this month.
Commenting on the negative impacts of Daesh terrorists presence in Iraq on the process of Iranˈs gas exports to that country, Majedi expressed hope that Iraq crisis will end soon.
Construction of the Iranian part of a the gas pipeline to Iraq has witnessed progress and Iran hopes the pipeline will become operational in the next Iranian calendar year (to begin on March 21, 2015), the official added.
Some 80km of the 100-km-long gas pipeline to Iraq has been completed. The pipeline starts from Chahar Meleh village in the Western province of Ilam and ends in Naft Shahr at the Iran-Iraq border.
After the completion of the project, Iran can export five million cubic meters of natural gas to Iraq in the first phase which will increase to 10mcm in next stages.
On July 21, 2013, Iranian and Iraqi oil ministers signed the first deal to transfer Iranˈs natural gas to two Iraqi power plants.
The project is aimed at supplying Al-Baghdad and Al-Mansouriyah power plants in Iraq with 25 million cubic meters per day of natural gas.
Iran says the new exports will earn the country nearly $3.7bln a year. Despite being one of the largest exporters of oil, Iraq needs Iran to fill the shortage of natural gas.
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