NIGC ready to offer gas experiences to Iraq, Afghanistan: CEO

SHANA – Managing Director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Hamidreza Araghi voiced his company’s readiness to transfer its gas experiences to neighboring countries like Afghanistan and Iraq.

Speaking in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Deputy Oil Minister Hamid Younis Salih in Tehran on Tuesday, Araghi said Iran is ready to export some of its capabilities in gas industry to neighboring countries like Iraq.

He said Iran enjoys the largest natural gas reserves and the best operational standards in gas industry and it can share them with Iraq.

Iran can also cooperate with Iraq in training, designing, execution, transfer pipelines, construction of networks and pressure booster stations, Araghi said.

On Tuesday, in a meeting with Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh, Younis Salih said his country needs to cooperate with Iran in order to develop its gas network infrastructure.

Salih said Baghdad has major plans for improving its gas infrastructure which include formation of gas distribution network in industrial and residential sectors as well as producing gas-run cars.

“Iraq needs to cooperate with Iran in order to materialize these plans,” the Iraqi official said, adding, “Iran enjoys valuable experiences in the gas sector.”

The Iraqi official further said, Iraq will certainly take advantage of the experiences of Iranian private developers whether in investment in and development of Iraq’s gas industry.

Earlier this year, Iran and Iraq signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) for developing two small joined fields and initiating cooperation in oil projects like laying out a pipeline for delivery of oil and petroleum products.