Iran natural gas exports rise by 35% in 2009-10
Iran's gas exports will show a 35-percent rise in the current Iranian calendar year (ending March 20) compared with last year, says a senior energy official, Press TV reported.
This is while the country's gas imports will show a decrease of 25 percent compared with the previous year, Iran's deputy energy minister said, IRNA reported.
Javad Oji, who is also the managing director of the National Iranian Gas Company, pointed out that although Iran sits on the world's second-largest natural gas reserves after Russia, the sanctions imposed by UN and the US on Tehran over its peaceful nuclear program have slowed its development as a major exporter.
"Gas import and export volumes have decreased by 25 percent and increased by 35 percent respectively in the current year compared to last year," he added.
Oji pointed out that Iran's gas producing capacity in the current Iranian year was 630 million cubic meters per day.
Iran is currently an exporter of gas to Turkey and Armenia.