Iran breaks gas exports record

Iran Materials 10 January 2012 18:11 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 10 / Trend F.Milad/

The volume of gas exports from Iran to Turkey, Armenia and Nakhichevan has reached 32 million cubic meters (mcm) per day. This is a new record in this field.

Mehr news agency reported that the exports to the three mentioned countries stood at 28 mcm, 2.4 mcm and 1.52 mcm, respectively.

Swapping gas can establish a strategic link among major gas producers. So, Iran is seriously following for gas swap projects in the region, the National Iranian Gas Exports Company's managing director Hossein Bidarmaghz stated.

Iran is currently studying a number of routes such as Turkmenistan-Persian Gulf and Turkmenistan-Pakistan for swapping natural gas, Hossein Bidarmaghz told ISNA news agency in December 2011.

"We are also swapping gas with Azerbaijan and transfer its gas to Nakhichevan," the official added.

In 2005, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opened a gas pipeline from Iran to Azerbaijan's Nakhichevan Autonomous Region.

At present, Iran imports 1 million cubic meters of gas from Azerbaijan, delivering it to the Nakhchivan Republic under a 25-year swap deal.