"[NIOC and Gazprom] are considering a
possibility of the joint implementation of a number of absolutely new projects,
including Iran LNG, Farzad-A, and Farzad-B, North Pars. Besides, there has been
huge interest in the prospects of the joint construction of Iran-Pakistan-India
and Iran-Oman gas pipelines," Kardor said.
In November, Gazprom and the
NIOC signed a memorandum of understanding, which opened the way to a study into
the prospects of cooperation in the development of gas fields in Iran, gas
transportation and monetization. Among them was a project to supply gas from
Iran to India through Pakistan.
In December, Gazprom, the
NIOC and Iran's Oil Industry Pension, Saving and Staff Welfare Fund signed a
memorandum of understanding on the Iran liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.
The first phase of the Iran
LNG project envisages the construction of two technological lines for
liquefying gas with a capacity of 5.25 million tonnes per year. The second
phase provides for an increase in productivity of up to 21 million tonnes per
year by creating two additional processing lines.
The Iran-Oman gas pipeline
project is expected to connect Iran’s gas reserves with Omani consumers and LNG
plants so that Oman could re-export the gas. Following the talks between
Iranian and Omani officials back in February, it was reported that Iran would
export 28.3 million cubic meters of gas per day to Oman through a direct
pipeline, which would bypass the United Arab Emirates.