Turkey, Pakistan request Iran gas increase

Business Materials 5 July 2012 11:39 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 5/Trend M. Moezzi

Turkey has asked Iran for an additional 4 to 5 million cubic meters (mcm) of gas daily, and Pakistan wants an additional 7 million (mcm) of gas a day, IRNA reported.

Javad Owji, head of the National Iranian Gas Company, told IRNA that in three weeks Oil Minister Rostam Gasemi will attend a meeting in Turkey to discuss its request for more natural gas. Right now Iran exports 30 mcm of gas to Turkey.

Iran supplies Turkey with 8 billion cubic meters of gas annually, according to Reuters. That's between 16 to 20 percent Turkey's natural gas needs, making Iran the country's second biggest natural gas supplier after Russia.

Gas flow between the two neighbors resumed two days ago after service was interrupted by a pipeline explosion.

Pakistan, which currently imports 23 mcm of natural gas a day from Iran, has asked for its imports to be increased to 30 mcm a day. Iran and Pakistan are working on a pipeline project that will export 21.5 mcm of natural gas a day from Iran to Pakistan.

Iran has already finished 900 kilometres of the pipeline on its side of the border. The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline is slated to become operational by the end of 2014.