Official: Afghanistan planning to import Iran’s natural gas

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Afghan energy officials have asked for importing natural gas supplies from Iran, energy officials announced on Tuesday.

“The two countries’ officials have held talks on export of Iran’s gas to Afghanistan, but it has not been finalized yet,” International Affairs Director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Azizollah Ramezani said on Tuesday.

Iran plans to export 80 billion cubic meters (bcm) of its natural gas annually to the Asian and European countries by 2025.

The country exported over 10 bcm of gas in 2014 and it imported about 6 bcm of gas in the same year.

Earlier this month, Iranian and Afghan officials called for enhancement of all-out ties, specially in the energy sector.

In a meeting between Iranian Deputy Oil Minister for International and Trade Amirhossein Zamaninia and Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar in Tehran last year, the two sides stressed that expansion of bilateral economic cooperation will pave the ground for restoration of security in the region.

“Iran is ready to work with Afghanistan in different energy sectors, including boosting petrochemicals exports to the country,” Zamaninia said.

“Iran-Afghanistan cooperation on energy can improve return of stability and security to Afghanistan.”

“There will be more negotiations between Iranian and Afghan oil officials to increase energy exchanges between the two sides,” he said, adding that Iran is ready to export more diesel fuel to Afghanistan if needed.

By Fars News Agency

 

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