Hamidreza Araghi, managing
director of NIGC, said Iran is prepared to start gas flow to Basra which has announced
it would be ready to receive the gas within the next two months.
He said a gas terminal in Iran's
Shalamcheh will pump the gas it receives from Shalamcheh-Ahwaz pipeline to
Basra with a maximum capacity of 25 million cubic meters per day but because
certain infrastructure for receiving the gas has not been prepared in the Iraqi
city, gas flow has not started yet.
Basra needs to launch several
passages beneath rivers which has delayed their gas imports from Iran so far,
the official added.
The gas will be mostly used
for power generation.
Iran and Iraq, both member of
the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), have signed a gas
deal based on which Iran has agreed to export a minimum of 7 mcm/d of natural
gas to the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Basra through pipeline. The amount can
increase to 35 mcm/d.
Iran started gas flow to
Baghdad in June but no gas has yet reached Basra.