Iran's Deputy Oil minister says gas imports from Turkmenistan to increase
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 21 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Imports of gas from Turkmenistan will be increased in the near future tp 40 million cubic meters per day, Iran's Deputy Oil Minister Jawad Owji said, ISNA reported.
"About six months ago, Iran was receiving some 4-5 million cubic meters of gas per day from Turkmenistan, and this figure will be increased to 40 million cubic meters per day soon," Owji said.
Owji will be part of the Iranian delegation headed by country's Oil Minister Rostam Qhasemi, that will be heading to Turkmenistan in the near future.
The Deputy, speaking of the recently reduced gas imports from Turkmenistan, said that there were basic pipeline maintenances going on, which were the reasons for the gas supply being stopped.
Iran's Oil minister Rostam Qhasemi said on Monday that once all the phases of South Pars gas field come on stream, Iran will no longer need to import gas, adding that phases 15 and 16 of South Pars will come on stream by March 2013.
Qasemi went on to note that Iran has no difficulty fuelling up its northern and north-eastern power plants.
Jawad Owji said last month that Turkmenistan's gas exports to Iran has reduced by 52 percent in the current year compared to last year.