Iran tests pipeline constructed for supplying gas to Iraq
Baku, Azerbaijan, April 12
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iran has injected gas into a pipeline which is expected to supply the country's natural gas to Iraq.
The head of Iranian Gas Transmission Company, Mohammad Ali Emam, has said that Iran has completed in its territory the construction of the pipeline for supplying the country's gas to Iraq, Shana news agency said.
He further added that the pipeline is ready to be inaugurated in Iranian side.
Iran has stretched a pipeline to its Naftshahr city on the border with Iraq aimed at supplying natural gas to its western neighbor.
Earlier Hamidreza Araqi, managing director of National Iranian Gas Company estimated that the supply of gas would be launched in June.
According to Araqi, Iran will supply Iraq with seven million cubic meters of gas per day (mcm/d) in nine months, and after that period the volume will increase gradually and finally reach 25 mcm/d in two years.
Iran is to complete the 6th cross-country pipeline, with 110 mcm/d of gas transiting capacity, linking South Pars gas field to Iraq's borders.
After the border, the pipeline will run in two routes. The first route is meant to transit 25 mcm/d of gas to Iraq's capital, Baghdad, and the second route is planned to deliver the same amount of gas to Basra.
Iran has two agreements with Iraq to export 50 mcm/d of gas to Baghdad and Basra.