Zanganeh & Jabbar al-Luaibi

Zanganeh: Iran-Iraq gas pipe line ready for inauguration

IRNA – Minister of Petroleum Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on Monday that Iran’s gas pipe-line which transfers Iran’s gas to Iraq is ready to be launched.

He said upon his arrival to Baghdad on Monday while calling for the expansion of cooperation with Tehran as a big oil producing countries.

He made the remarks at the airport in a welcoming ceremony extended to him by his Iraqi counterpart Jabbar al-Luaibi.

Speaking to reporters, he said the first phase of gas pipe-line from Kermanshah in Iran is to transfer gas to Diyala province in east of Iraq, he said.

The second phase of gas pipe-line is to transfer Iran’s gas to Iraq via Basra in south of Iraq, he said.

He also expressed satisfaction with the level of international cooperation mainly among OPEC members leading to global market price hikes.

There are ample of untapped grounds for the expansion of mutual cooperation between Iran and Iraq in oil projects, Zanganeh said.

The Iraqi petroleum minister, for his part, welcomed his Iranian counterpart, and said Iraq can bolster and broaden cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran as a big oil producing country.

Baghdad spares no efforts to expand such cooperation now and in the future, he said.