Iran, Oman discuss gas exports

Iran Materials 31 January 2012 15:06 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 31 / Trend F.Milad/

Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi and Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said met in Muscat on Monday and discussed exporting Iranian gas to the Persian Gulf Sultanate, Pana news agency reported.

Mr Rahimi said that bilateral ties, especially the issue of transiting Iranian goods via Oman to Central Asia, were also discussed by the two sides.

Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi and Roads and Urban Development Minister Ali Nikzad, as well as a number of presidential and foreign ministry officials accompanied Mr Rahimi in his day-long visit.

Iran and Oman signed a deal in 2009 to jointly develop an underwater 200-kilometre gas pipeline to Musandam and Sohar in Oman.

Caretaker director of the National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC) said in September 2011 that Iran has reached agreements with India and Oman on exporting gas to the two countries.

Hossein Bidarmaghz added that negotiations between Iran and India started 11 months ago and is still on-going.

A potential way to transfer Iranian gas to India is via a pipeline from Oman to India to which a subsea pipeline would connect and take Iranian gas, he added.

Mr Bidarmaghz said based on a trilateral agreement between Iran, Oman and a third country, Iran's gas will feed Oman's liquefaction plant before being processed into various products in the third country.