TEHRAN April 18(Shana)–Production tests have started on 50 kilometers of the Iranian section of a pipeline built to carry natural gas from southern Iran to neighboring Iraq.
Ali-Reza Gharibi, managing-director of Iran Gas Engineering and Development Company, said pigging is expected to be done on this stretch of the pipeline.
He said the remaining 47 kilometers of the pipeline on Iran’s soil would be tested in the next phase.
Iran is set to start pumping natural gas to Iraq before the end of the next month of the calendar year on May 21.
Gas exports to Baghdad will start with a daily volume of 4 mcm which could increase to 35 mcm/d.
Iran will also start supplying 5mcm/d of gas to Basra after a six-year deal is signed. The deal, which is to be signed next year, would require Iran to raise gas exports to Basra to 30 mcm/d.
Gas delivery to Basra would come from Iran Gas Trunkline VI (IGAT 6) which transfers gas from the giant offshore South Pars gas field in southern Iran to the border province of Khuzestan.