Iran to start gas export to Iraq in 5 months
Tehran, Iran, January 9
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iran is going to start exporting gas to Iraq in the first quarter of the next Iranian fiscal year (starts March 20), Director of International Affairs at the National Iranian Gas Company Azizollah Ramezani said.
Iran is prepared to start the export as the pipelines, measurement station in Naftshahr, and other facilities are ready to be fully used, he said, Shana news agency reported January 9.
He noted that Iran is waiting for Iraq to become "ready" to receive the gas.
Alireza Kameli, CEO of the National Iranian Gas Company, had earlier said that the export of gas to Iraq depends on security level in the neighboring country.
The export will start with four million cubic meters a day and can be boosted to 35 million cubic meters a day.
Security in Iraq is not optimal as swathes of land in the country are taken by the IS terrorist group (ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh).