Iran: No security snag in pipeline deal
Iran's deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs says no security matters are hindering the construction of pipeline project that will transfer Iranian natural gas to Pakistan, Press TV reported.
"The Iranian Oil Ministry must follow up on this issue and complete the pipeline as soon as possible," Ali Abdollahi said on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's deputy interior minister for security affairs Siddique Akbar told Iran's Mehr News Agency that the pipeline project had the full support of Islamabad.
Pakistan's Minister of Oil and Natural Resources Asim Hussain announced on October 28 that the pipeline would be finished before the end of 2013, one year ahead of the original schedule.
He added that Pakistan would rapidly build its share of the pipeline and two gas compression stations along its southern coastal highway.
The multi-billion-dollar Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline deal, which was signed in June 2010, aims to export a daily amount of 21.5 million cubic meters (or 8.7 billion cubic meters per year) of Iranian natural gas to Pakistan.
The maximum daily gas transfer capacity of the 56-inch pipeline which runs over 900 km of Iran's soil from Asalouyeh in Bushehr Province to the city of Iranshahr in Sistan and Baluchestan Province has been given at 110 million cubic meters.
The project was originally known as the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) pipeline project. New Delhi left the trilateral talks over disagreements with Islamabad on issues such as the fee Pakistan would charge India for the gas transit.
In October 2007, Iran and Pakistan began a new round of talks in Tehran, where the details of the deal were finalized.
Iran has already constructed more than 900 kilometers of the pipeline on its soil.