TEHRAN: Iran is ready to start natural gas exports to Iraq as soon as Iraq makes the related payments an Iranian energy official said while talking to media.
Iran’s Deputy Petroleum Minister Amir-Hossein Zamaniniya said that a pipeline that connects Iran’s gas network to Iraq has already been filled with natural gas.
“Iran is ready to start the export of gas to Iraq and Iraq is also ready to receive the gas,” Zamaniniya said, adding that “However, the related letter of credit for the project is yet to be opened” by Iraq.
Iran would turn on the taps once the payment was made by Baghdad, he added.
Reportedly, the two countries signed an agreement for the export of natural gas from Iran’s South Pars gas field to Iraq back in 2013.
Based on the agreement, Iran would start exporting 25 million cubic meters per day of gas to Iraq’s Sadr, Baghdad and al-Mansuriya power plants through the 270-kilometer pipeline.
The project is estimated to earn Iran US$3.7 billion annually.