Iran, Oman Shake Hands on Gas Export Project

Iran will start gas exports to Oman through a seabed gas pipeline following singing a contract that is going to be finalized up to the end of the current year, managing director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), Mr. Owji announced .

He referred to failure of past negotiations with Omani side due to disagreement on price and technical aspects, adding bilateral negotiations had been resumed recently and fortunately two sides had reached good results, Iran’s SHANA news agency reported.

Stating that launching and injection of natural gas through the Seventh Trans-Iranian gas pipeline (IGAT_7) has been completed to the Iranshahr city, he said IGAT-7 construction would be extended to Chabahar city in Sistan and Baluchestan province and next extending toward border with Pakistan, where a seabed offshoot would transfer Iran’s gas to Oman.

He went on to say that up to the end of this year or at the latest in next year the contract will be signed between Iran and Oman.

Oji continued construction of IGAT-7 with about 1.7 billion dollars investment is underway by domestic contractors and participation of Bank Parsian.

“In order to extend gas exports to other countries through Pakistan, construction of nine gas compressor stations have been planned that will increase transfer capacity of natural gas to 110 million cubic meters from 50 million cubic meters per day”, he said

Source: NIGC, July 11, 2011;

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