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Iran-Iraq pipeline to be ready in November

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Staff writer | Monday October 21, 2013 8:30AM ET
Iran-Iraq pipelineIraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussain al-Shahristani said that the Iran-Iraq gas pipeline project will be operational in November.


"In Iraq, we have signed contracts with Iran to import gas for our power generation stations in the central part of the country. The pipeline that we have already signed for is under construction… it will be ready next month. We are about to sign another contract to import Iranian gas to the South of the country," Mr. Shahristani said.

Earlier this month, a senior Iranian energy official said that Ilam Gas Refinery in Western Iran will be among the suppliers of natural gas to neighboring Iraq, noting that the facility produces two billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas annually.

"In the first phase of Ilam Gas Refinery, gas exports to Iraq would hopefully be supplied from this refinery," Managing Director of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Hamid Reza Araqi said. He added that the refinery processes seven million cubic meters (mcm) of gas every day.

Iran and Iraq have signed an agreement for the construction of a pipeline that will carry natural gas from Iran to feed power plants in the southern Iraqi province of Basra.

The 56-inch pipeline will start from Assaluyeh, near the massive offshore South Pars Gas Field in Southern Iran, and will continue into Iraq to feed three Iraqi power plants running on gas. The pipeline will be designed in such a way that it will be able to deliver gas to other countries like Jordan and Lebanon. â– 

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