Managing director of the
National Iranian Gas Company ( NIGC), Javad Oji says Iran will start gas exports to Oman through a seabed gas pipeline following singing a contract that is going to be finalized up to the end of the current year (Iranian year ends 20th March 2012), Shana news agency reported
Talking to Shana reporter, Mr. Oji referred to failure of past negotiations with Omani side due to disagreement on price and technical aspects, adding bilateral negotiations had been resumed recently and fortunately two sides had reached good results.
Stating that launching and injection of natural gas through the Seventh Iran's gas trunkline (IGAT_7) has been completed to the Iranshahr city, the official said IGAT-7 construction would be extended to Chabahar city in Sistan o Balouchestan province and next extending toward border with Pakistan, where a seabed offshoot would transfer Iran's gas to Oman.
"Up to the end of this year or at the latest in next year the contract will be signed between Iran and Oman', NIGC head noted.
Oji continued construction of IGAT-7 with about 1.7 billion dollars investment is underway by domestic contractors and participation of Bank Parsian.
Referring to transfer of thirty kilometers of pipelines to the related site for lying in the route, Oji said that by completion of the pipeline not only gas needs of Hormozgan, Kerman, Sistan o Baluchestan provinces but also those of Pakistan would be met.
'In order to extend gas exports to other countries through Pakistan, construction of nine gas compressor stations have been planned that will increase transfer capacity of natural gas to 110 million cubic meters from 50 million cubic meters per day', NIGC managing director said.
56 inch diameter IGAT-7 with pressure of 1350 pounds per square inch and length of 907 kilometers is being constructed to transfer natural gas from Pars Special Economic Energy Zone to Iranshahr city by crossing 42, 72, 153, 431 and 209 kilometers in Boushehr, Fars, Kerman, Hormozgan and Sistan o Baloshestan provinces respectively.