Iran sees 'no problem' with launching gas exports to Syria - minister
BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 25
By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:
Iran can export gas to Syria and there is no problem regarding that, Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told Eqtesad radio, Trend reports.
Iran has previously never supplied its gas to Syria, and according to Zanganeh, a number of ideas have been put forward regarding the export.
Zanganeh added that one of these ideas is to transport Iranian gas to the Iraqi city of Basrah and from there to the Syrian port city of Latakia.
"But so far no program has been established for this," he said.
Regarding gas exports in general, the minister said that at present, Iranian gas is exported to Iraq from two directions. Zanganeh said that in addition, there is a gas swap between Iran and Azerbaijan.
"Iran's gas exports to Turkey stopped after the explosion of the pipeline exporting Iranian gas to Turkey in March. The pipeline has not been repaired yet, ”he said.
Iran produced a total of 267 billion cubic meters of gas in the last Iranian year (from March 21, 2019 to March 20, 2020). Iran exported 17.5 billion cubic meters of gas last year. Iran's gas exports increased by 26 percent compared to the preceding year (from March 21, 2018 to March 21, 2019).
Iran reportedly produces 800 million cubic meters of gas per day.