Azerbaijan may provide Iran with gas storage facilities (UPDATE)
Details added, headline changed (first version posted at 11:29)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 5
By Azad Hasanli – Trend:
Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR can provide Iran with its gas storage tanks, President of SOCAR Rovnag Abdullayev told reporters Sept. 5.
He said that the matter rests in small amounts of 1-2 billion cubic meters of gas.
“Iran has problems with the gas supply to its northern regions in the winter months,” Abdullayev said. “The Iranian side is very interested in using our gas storage facilities to pump gas in them in summer and supply it to its northern parts in winter.”
Head of the Azerbaijani state oil company noted that this issue was being discussed within the framework of the visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Azerbaijan in August this year.
At the same time, he noted that Azerbaijan needs technical gas to check volumes of its gas storage facilities.
He said that the negotiations are being held with Iran.
“We have already increased the capacity of our gas storage facilities to 3.5 billion cubic meters, but we have the possibility to increase it to more than five billion cubic meters, simply at first we want to check the volumes of our gas storage facilities and that’s what we need the technical gas for,” Abdullayev added.
He said that earlier, such negotiations were being held with the Russian Gazprom company, however SOCAR was not satisfied with the Russian gas company’s conditions.
Earlier, the gas storage operation department of the Azneft Production Union reported that it is planned to increase capacity of gas storage facilities in Azerbaijan to five billion cubic meters.
Work on reconstruction and expansion of gas storage facilities in Azerbaijan will be held with this purpose, as well as new gas wells will be designed and the existing infrastructure will be upgraded.