Iran natural gas for Iraq by 2013

Iran will start supplying natural gas to neighbouring Iraq by the summer of 2013, an Iranian energy official has revealed.

According to managing director of National Iranian Gas Company Javad Oji, Iran has completed more than 25 percent of a pipeline to Iraq that could carry up to 25 million cubic metres per day of its natural gas to Iraq, Xinhua reported.

With the progress in the construction of the gas pipeline in the two countries, it is expected gas injection and the launch of the pipeline could be inaugurated by the next summer, Fars news agency quoted Oji as saying.

“Currently more than 25 percent of this 48-inch (in diameter) gas transmission pipe has been completed,” he said, adding Iranian contractors would help build the Iraqi section of the pipeline.