Official: 8 Int'l consortiums seek Iranian gas
A senior Iranian energy official says Tehran is in talks with eight Asian and European consortiums to export its natural gas, Press TV reported.
Reza Kasaeizadeh, managing director of Iran's National Gas Export Company, told Mehr news agency that his country plans to increase its gas imposts to 200 million cubic meters per day by 2014.
Kasaeizadeh says Iran is exporting its gas to Turkey and Armenia via two separate pipelines and has a swap deal with Azerbaijan. "Currently we have signed two deals with Pakistan and Switzerland for gas exports," he added.
Kasaeizadeh also added that India does not have an "unlimited (amount of) time" to rejoin the multi-billion dollar Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.
The initial agreement of the 2,700 kilometer-long pipeline, also known as the 'Peace Pipeline', was signed in Tehran in May between the Iranian and Pakistani presidents.
Around 1,100 kilometers of the pipeline would run through Iran, while the remaining 1,000 kilometers would cross Pakistan.
Nearly 600 additional kilometers of the pipeline was supposed to run into India, which in 2008, questioned the economic viability of the project after signing a multi-billion dollar nuclear deal with Washington.
Kasaeizadeh went on to say that based on the Iran-Pakistan deal, India has an opportunity to return to the project.
Last month, the official said that India has once again shown interest in joining the gas pipeline.
"After the gas export deal was signed between Iran and Pakistan, Indians expressed interest in joining the deal," Kasaeizadeh said.
He added that the multi-billion-dollar gas deal, known as the 'peace pipeline', was initially planned to involve all three countries, but New Delhi backed out in the middle of the discussions due to political issues and pressure from the United States.
Iran, holder of the world's second-largest oil and gas reserves, is trying to play a more active role in gas transactions in international markets.